In the past few months, we’ve seen a brilliant promotional campaign for Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games, the first in what will likely become a trilogy of adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ original novels.
Just yesterday, we got a whole host of new images from the film, and today we have another TV spot to share with you, via ComingSoon.net, featuring some lovely music in the form of Safe & Sound by Taylor Swift, feat. The Civil Wars, which makes up part of the film’s soundtrack.
“In a not-too-distant future, the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, Prim, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, the son of the town baker who seems to have all the fighting skills of a lump of bread dough, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.”
Jennifer Lawrence leads the cast as Katniss Everdeen, supported by the likes of Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Isabelle Fuhrman, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Amandla Stenberg, and the awesome Wes Bentley.
The film has been given a PG-13 rating out in the States (and will probably be getting a 12A here in the UK),
“for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images – all involving teens.”
So whilst the trailers and TV spots that we’ve seen so far haven’t really given us a look at this violence, it sounds like we’re in for a treat in the cinema, with plenty that we won’t have seen beforehand.
The Hunger Games will be with us on 23rd March here and in the US, and will also get a release in IMAX cinemas if you want to see it on an even bigger screen. For all our coverage of the film so far, you can click here. For now, here’s sixty seconds of The Hunger Games to enjoy.