Lionsgate debuted the first full trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at Comic-Con Saturday (July 20). In case you weren’t in San Diego and couldn’t wait in a nearly 24-hour line to get into the panel presentation for 2012’s “The Hunger Games” in the massive Hall H, Zap2it has got you covered.
“You understand that whatever I do, it comes back to you and mom,” Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) tells her little sister, Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields), as the trailer opens in a gloomy Victors’ Village. As we get a peek through the eyes of Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) at their view from “Catching Fire’s” train, Prim tells Katniss, “Since the last games, something is different. I can see it … Hope.”
In the trailer, we get a glimpse of the people of District 12 giving their three-finger respect sign to Katniss on her victory tour with Peeta. We see Katniss and Peeta pretend to be in love — well, at least Katniss is pretending, and we see Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) kiss. We see fiery battle scenes and Effie Trinket’s (Elizabeth Banks) latest look. We see Katniss held back on the District steps, as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) tells the “Girl on Fire,” “You fought very hard in the games, Ms. Everdeen. But they were games.” He then asks, “How would you like to be in a real war? Imagine thousands of your people dead, your loved ones gone.” Katniss asks, “What do I need to do?” And we see Snow plotting to “eliminate” her.
The remainder of the trailer shows Katniss and Peeta preparing for the 75th Hunger Games. “Last year was child’s play,” Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) tells them. “This year you’re dealing with all experienced killers.” Katniss asks, “Any last advice?” To which Haymitch replies, “Stay alive.”
This is followed by a visually stunning montage of Katniss’ burning costumes, and ends with her in a wetsuit, preparing to dive for the cornucopia as Haymitch’s voice echoes in her head: “Remember who the real enemy is.”
The graphics on-screen read, “This November comes the event the world has been waiting for.” Yes. Yes, we have, Lionsgate.
“Catching Fire” hits theaters Nov. 22.