Trailer Talk - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

It won't come out until November 22, but earlier this week we got our first look at The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the franchise based on the best selling trilogy of novels by Suzanne Collins.

It has been a couple of years since I read the books, but if memory serves correctly, this initial teaser seems to follow the book as closely as the first film did.  This is great news.  That fact along with an excellent cast were the reasons behind The Hunger Games being such a strong adaptation in the first place.  The surviving cast returns along with the addition of a second Oscar winner in Philip Seymour Hoffman.  The folks behind The Hunger Games films must love the fact that they locked Jennifer Lawrence in when they did.  She has since gone on to win an Oscar herself (Best Actress just a couple of months ago).  I'm sure her rate of compensation will change now that she's got a much larger profile, but the fact that their quadrilogy of films is being driven by such talent must make them ecstatic.

The second installment takes a look at the socio-political impact of Katniss' and Peeta's (Josh Hutcherson) profiles now that they have emerged from the 74th Hunger Games victorious.  Katniss doesn't see it herself at first, much like she didn't see Peeta's feelings for her in the first film.  Assuming that the film does play out similar to the book, Katniss will grow into her new role as a symbol of resistance against The Capitol and District 1, while struggling on a personal level as The Capitol does everything in its power to beat her down emotionally and squash the resistance of the other Districts.

I'm very much looking forward to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.  So far it looks to be another good adaptation, and they are continuing to add quality talent to the cast.  The original Hunger Games came out in March, but this follow up has gotten a much more prime release date in November.  That should bode well for a franchise that got off to such a good start despite being released at a 'slow' time of year.  It doesn't really matter in my book though.  I am going to be there no matter what.  I will be interested to what future trailers for Catching Fire look like though.

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