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WATCH: New trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, plus picture gallery

Phillip Seymour Hoffman joins the impressive cast, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Woody Harrelson

WATCH: New trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, plus picture gallery

It’s the moment fans have been waiting for – the first good look at the second installment of Suzanne Collins' trilogy, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Tensions are growing in Panem as Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) embark on a victory tour following their triumph in the first film. Their moment of peace doesn't last though: Katniss has become something of a revolutionary symbol, much to the dismay of the authorities, and so she's called up once again for a special edition of the Games featuring a line-up of previous victors.

While we are reminded throughout the trailer that 'these games are going to be different,' the premise is fairly similar to the first film. Katniss is still fierce as she tries to defend her fraught relationship with love interest Peeta, and the Games themselves follow a similar format, with competitors picking each other off until only one survives.

After the success of the first film it does look as though producers have decided to spend a bit more money. The visual effects look good – including a burning dress worn by Lawrence is several scenes – and the supporting cast packs a punch, with Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland and Woody Harrelson returning to fill their original roles, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman playing Plutarch, the tough Head Gamemaker.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be on general release from Thu 21 Nov.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire - Official Trailer

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 146 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Francis Lawrence
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
  • UK release: 21 November 2013

Katniss (Lawrence) and Peeta (Hutcherson) are forced to enter a special 75th anniversary games featuring contestants who've previously won. The sequel to 2012's The Hunger Games maintains the high standards of its predecessor, with a credible script, plenty of visual and narrative variety and superb performances.


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