Until now. The film’s official Facebook page has put out the first clip from the film, and it is pretty damn awesome. Just yesterday, we heard that it had been given a PG-13 rating in the US for its ‘intense violent thematic material’, which we hadn’t really seen in any footage beforehand. But if Katniss Everdeen puts the archery skills we see in this clip to use in the film, it’s going to be a lot of fun.
“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.”
Gary Ross has helmed this adaptation of the first in Suzanne Collins’ original trilogy, starring Jennifer Lawrence as the young Katniss Everdeen, supported by 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 (whose beard in this is just amazing, as you’ll see below).
Yesterday also showed that the film has got huge tracking numbers out in the US, as well as an official endorsement from Collins herself, and whilst it is of course far from a certainty, the figures reflected the possibility of the film opening bigger than Twilight did back in 2008, which would be beyond impressive.
The Hunger Games will be out on 23rd March, in regular and IMAX cinemas, and if you’re only just coming to the game now, you can catch up on all our coverage for the film right here. It looks pretty damn good, and here’s the first clip to prove it.