Lionsgate has revealed the first clip from The Hunger Games as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) shows off her talent as an archer. As I mentioned earlier today, The Hunger Games has reportedly been tracking quite well and the folks at Lionsgate are expecting big things from the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel, upwards of a $70 million opening weekend good.
The film hits theaters on March 23 and along with Lawrence the cast includes the likes of Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Elizabeth Banks, Leven Rambin, Jack Quaid, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Ian Nelson, Kalia Prescott, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland and Wes Bentley, the latter of which plays Seneca Crane, Head Gamemaker for the 74th Hunger Games, and is featured in the following clip.
Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.