New Extended The Hunger Games "Countdown" TV Spot
03.19.12 by Ryan
At the end of last week, a new "countdown" trailer arrived on TV and online to help promote the highly anticipated release of Liongate's adaptation of The Hunger Games this Friday, and now an extended version has arrived online that includes, well, the actual countdown.
The extended trailer begins in District 12, where Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers as tribute to save her sister Primrose (Willow Shield) from participating in the Hunger Games, a televised fight to the death. The trailer then shows various depictions of the Capitol, where Katniss is brought prior to the Games, and meets Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), her stylist, and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), her mentor before entering into the actual Games. Fans of Suzanne Collins' best-selling Hunger Games trilogy of novels are clearly eager to step into the movie's dystopian world, as advanced ticket sales have already sold out 1,700 screenings. When the trailer mentions that the "world is watching", that may prove right this weekend.
The Hunger Games was adapted by screenwriter Billy Ray (State of Play) along with Collins and director Gary Ross. Academy Award–winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) has already finished the script for the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and recently admitted that it wasn't easy to write a script that would please the novels' huge fanbase.
The cast of The Hunger Games includes Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, Isabelle Fuhrman as Clove, Jack Quaid as Marvel, Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface, Dayo Okeniyi as Thresh, Leven Rambin as Glimmer, Alexander Ludwig as Cato, Amandla Stenberg as Rue, Paula Malcomson as the mother to Katniss and Primrose, and Donald Sutherland as President Snow.