“Hope Is Stronger Than Fear.” Those words echo through the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The release is less than a month away, and Lionsgate is building as much awareness as they possibly can. The movie studio should have a big November with Ender’s Game at the beginning of the month and Catching Fire at the end. It will be interesting to see if audiences latch on to the Hunger Games sequel like they did the first film, which is on track to make almost $1 billion worldwide.
This final trailer for Catching Fire creates a better sense of urgency over the fate of Panem at the very beginning of the revolution. Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) must balance playing the game of healthy competition, while continuing to be a symbol of hope for the desperate people of the 12 Districts. The video also offers a nice look at the arena of the 75th Hunger Games, or Third Quarter Quell. The entire Games sequence was shot entirely using the giant and clear IMAX format.
Lionsgate also released an extended TV spot that highlights the budding rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). We get a nice look at Snow with Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Gamemaker played by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Snow’s plan to ruin Katniss as a beacon of hope is downplayed by Plutarch’s willingness to merely destroy her image in the public eye.
In the first Hunger Games, Katniss became the public’s favorite Tribute, and, as the games unfolded, her stock and celebrity grew more and more. By the time of Catching Fire, everyone in Panem (including the Capitol) is taken with Katniss’ resilience, cunning, grace, and beauty. She shows the troubled nation—formerly the US—that if a peasant from the poorest district can reach the brass ring as the winner of the Hunger Games, then anything is possible and hope is still alive.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is one of the last big movies before the end of 2013. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is the last big IMAX spectacle of the year. Considering its profile, Catching Fire should have a hefty box office gross, and it’s positioned to be more popular than the first film in the series.
Director Francis Lawrence, and the cast and crew, are in the middle of production on the next film in the franchise, Mockingjay in North Carolina. There will be a break in the production schedule to coincide with the premiere of Catching Fire at the end of November. Mockingjay, the third book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, will be split into two parts, with the first opening in November 2014. Needless to say, Lawrence will be extremely busy finishing up the series. Not to mention Jennifer Lawrence’s’ (no relation) schedule with David O. Russell’s American Hustle opening in December and X-Men: Days of Future Past in summer 2014.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire hits theaters everywhere on November 22nd.