The First Poster for The Hunger Games is on Fire

I’m personally not a big fan of all these “motion” posters, but I guess if you’re going to assault the viewer’s senses with loud music and motion, you mind as well make it so that the “catching fire” theme actually fits with your movie. Though this poster might have been better used for the second movie, but eh, it’s still pretty cool.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The film, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Stanley Tucci, Wes Bentley, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and directed by Gary Ross, is due out March 23, 2012.

Until then, catch some fire.

By the way, in case you missed it, check out a 10-minute fan-made short film about Haymitch Abernathy, an important character in the series we posted earlier today.

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