The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s cast appeared on Saturday (July 20) at Comic-Con 2013 in a panel discussion of the film. Fans waited nearly 24 hours to get the privilege of attending the panel and seeing them in person in the massive Hall H. There, Lionsgate debuted the first full video trailer for the movie, which you can see below.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Lenny Kravitz were the film’s stars to whom the audience in Hall H got to see and ask questions, and they also watched the trailer for the first time Saturday with more than 6,000 dedicated fans.
What was the trailer like?
The trailer is spectacular, just like the movie The Hunger Games. The special effects in it are awesome, and if the rest of the movie is at least as good, it will be a definite Must See for fans of the first film and of the trilogy of books the movies are based on.
The trailer opens in a gloomy Victors’ Village, District 12, where Katnis, Peeta, and Katnis’ family call their home.
We get a glimpse through the eyes of Katnis and Peeta in The Catching Fire trailer of what life is like now in their village. Prim tells Katnis: “Since the last games, something is different. I can see it … Hope.”
“Hope” is not something which President Snow (Donald Sutherland) wants the rebellious Districts to feel, however, and we learn in the video that he has nefarious plans of his own to squelch any growing feelings of hope that the Districts have had awakened in them when Katnis and Peeta won the last Hunger Games.
We get to see in the trailer a glimpse of the people of District 12 giving their three-finger respect sign to Katniss on her victory tour with Peeta. Also, we see Katniss and Peeta pretend to be in love — that is, Katniss is pretending, and it’s kind of heartbreaking to see that Peeta really is in love, but his love is not reciprocated. What’s more, the video shows Katniss and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) kiss.
At the panel, Lawrence and Hutcherson talked about their kissing scenes in the film. She said there was “a lot of slobber,” involved.
According to Hutcherson, somewhat tongue-in-cheek: “It will be really hot if you’re into snot.”
Lawrence also discussed training for the stunts she performs in the film but for her, the hardest part of the stunts was “probably still just basic running.”
She claims that she runs “weird” and said that she even had a running coach for the film.
Going back to the video, it also depicts fiery battle scenes and Effie Trinket’s (Elizabeth Banks) latest cool look. These battle scenes have great special effects in them.
Then, we also get to see Katniss held back on the District steps, as President Snow tells the “Girl on Fire”:
You fought very hard in the games, Ms. Everdeen. But they were games. How would you like to be in a real war? Imagine thousands of your people dead, your loved ones gone.”
The rest of the trailer shows Katniss and Peeta preparing for the 75th Hunger Games. Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) tells them: “Last year was child’s play. This year you’re dealing with all experienced killers.” Katniss asks him, “Any last advice?” Haymitch just replies: “Stay alive.”
The video then shows a visually stunning montage of Katniss’ burning costumes, ending with her in a wetsuit, preparing to dive for the cornucopia.
“Remember who the real enemy is,” Haymitch’s voice tells her, echoing in her head.
Lionsgate’s Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22. The video trailer that premiered at Comic-Con 2013 gives us a tantalizing glimpse at what the movie will be like: A-mazing!
Check out the video below to see for yourselves what I’m talking about!
Written by: Douglas Cobb
Watch The Catching Fire Comic-Con video trailer: