The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Directed by Francis Lawrence
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman
Based on the Novel by Suzanne Collins Lionsgate
Rated PG-13 | 146 Minutes
Release Date: November 22, 2013
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens up just as Katniss and Peeta, the winners of the 74th Hunger Games, are preparing to go on their victory tour of the 12 Districts and Capital of Panem and trying to find a rhythm to their now dual lives – the theatrical star-crossed lovers while in the spotlight and the barely acquaintances when the camera is off in their ever-dwindling private lives. As their tour begins, the pair sees from district to district signs of rebellion and discourse against the Capital by the citizens, the unplanned consequence of their televised defiance against the game’s rules during the events of The Hunger Games.
The first Hunger Games film merely whetted the appetite for fans of Suzanne Collins‘ young adult trilogy of novels and its protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, “the girl on fire.” The stakes have been raised for the next adaptation, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, and Lionsgate put the odds ever in San Diego Comic-Con attendees’ favor Saturday with their panel. The cast and crew were on hand to represent, including director Francis Lawrence, and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Willow Shields, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson. The panel was moderated by Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger.
With the panel came the debut of a new trailer, which shows the most recent Hunger Games champions, Katniss and Peeta, in their post-winning life and the Victory Tour that followed. But now, the 75th annual Hunger Games is set to begin and this time, the circumstances have changed, as the tributes will now consist of all the previous champions against each other. Also, the Capitol isn’t too happy with Katniss and are plotting to get rid of her. We also see the love conflict with Katniss, Peta, and Gale.
Casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is quite literally heating up. Following the news that Amanda Plummer would be joining the cast of the film as the silent but deadly Wiress, comes news that three major roles have been cast.
It’s being reported that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) is in talks to join the cast as Finnick Odair, Melissa Leo (Red State, The Fighter) has been approached to play as Mags, and Tony Shalhoub (Monk, Galaxy Quest) could play Beetee.
Lionsgate is not wasting any time when it comes to The Hunger Games, their franchise based on the series of books by author Suzanne Collins.
After the first movie blasted into theaters and threw down huge numbers, we found out that the studio was hiring Francis Lawrence to direct its sequel, Catching Fire, because the first movie’s director, Gary Ross, didn’t feel he would have enough time to prepare, develop, and actually make the sequel by the planned November 22, 2013 release date.
Now comes word that, before Lawrence even begins filming Catching Fire, Lionsgate is already actively seeking out a director to handle the two-film finale, Mockingjay.