New Photos from The Hunger Games Released; Catching Fire Gets Release Date
08.08.11 by Ryan
Fans of author Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy of novels got their first peek at Gale and Peeta (played by Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, respectively) at the end of last month. Today, Lionsgate has released two more photos from the upcoming movie adaptation — this time, it's another look at lead character Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and a solo shot of Peeta laying back with a muddied face.
Production on The Hunger Games is nearing its end, having started in North Carolina this past May. Hunger Games cast member Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the movie, recently gave ComingSoon an update on the shoot. "We're almost done," said Banks.
We've got a little under a month left. It's very exciting. We're really making a provocative movie that's also highly entertaining. It's gonna be fun. It's really great to make something that you know people are excited about and also that you know is gonna deliver. I really think the fans are gonna love it.
Lionsgate is hoping fans will "love it" enough to see several more Hunger Games movies. Despite there only being three Hunger Games novels, the studio is planing to adapt the books into four movies.
The first Hunger Games movie won't be released until March 2012, but Lionsgate is already thinking about the first sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Box Office Mojo reports that Catching Fire has been given a release date of November 22, 2013.
Directed by Garry Ross (Seabiscuit), The Hunger Games is also getting some help from director Steven Soderbergh, with Ross recently confirming that Soderbergh is directing some second unit footage for the movie.
The Hunger Games co-stars Woody Harrelson as Haymith Abernathy, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Willow Shield as Primrose), Paula Malcomson as the mother to Katniss and Primrose, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow. The movie was adapted by Billy Ray (State of Play) and Collins.