The cover of the new issue of Entertainment Weekly features a first look at The Hunger Games‘ Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale. What’s more, there are promises of further debuting images from the highly-anticipated novel adaptation when the magazine officially hits the stands this Friday.
To be directed by Gary Ross and set for a March 23, 2012 release, The Hunger Games is based on the Suzanne Collins bestseller and chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place. Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home.