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Hunger Games

The Hunger Games movie is being called the next Twilight (and even the next Harry Potter), but will Suzanne Collins' post-apocalyptic movie adaptation live up to the teen juggernaut series before it? Check out the first-ever trailer with footage from the film, including scenes inside the games, at the Capitol, and a look at the down-trodden District 12.

What did you think? Lenny Kravitz certainly makes a great Cinna (the stylist assigned to Katniss to make her appeal to the masses) and Elizabeth Banks looks pretty spot on as Effie Trinket, but what about the others? What about Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy? I always expected Haymitch to be a bit more... bloated? Either way can't wait to see the fire dress Cinna makes Katniss.


Here's the official synopsis:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing 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.

THE HUNGER GAMES is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.


Hunger Games will be in theaters on March 23, 2012.

[via Apple]