In the future world of Panem, the Quarter Quell is kind of a big deal. After all, it only comes around once every twenty-five years. The Olympics in our time are every four, and you see how nuts people go for that. It also serves an excuse for the corrupt, totalitarian government in the Capital to throw a couple of undesirable punk kids under the bus in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second part in the ongoing filmic adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling trilogy of young adult sci-fi novels. A bunch of new character posters have been released leading up to San Diego Comic-Con, each showing a different one of the key players. Not everyone is featured here, but most of the tributes have come out to play.
You may have noticed that all of the participants are wearing wetsuits. While the first time around, the arena for the Hunger Games was densely wooded forest, the setting for the Quarter Quell revolves around a body of water. That’s why everyone looks like they’re going scuba diving. There’s Jennifer Lawrence’s heroine Katniss Everdeen, and her District 12 compatriot/pseudo love interest Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Johanna Mason (Jenna Malone), Mags (Lynn Cohen), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Wiress (Amanda Plummer), Brutus (Bruno Gunn), Enobaria (Meta Golding), Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund), and Gloss (Alan Ritchson). These images have been spread out around various sites, but we collected them all here so you know we care.
Catching Fire picks up shortly after The Hunger Games ends, and finds Katniss and Peeta journeying through the Panem countryside on a victory tour. On the road they witness all sorts of rebellion that they helped instigate. The Catching Fire of the title refers to the rebellion spreading across the dystopian landscape. The villainous President Snow (Donald Sutherland) is pissed at them for not dying, like good little citizens, and forces them to put on a happy face or he’ll do nasty things to their loved ones. When that fails, he throws them back into the arena with a bunch of people who want to kill them. To say shit gets real would be an understatement.
If the first film is any indication, Catching Fire will most likely be a huge hit. With a prime holiday release date—November 22—this sequel has the potential to be one of the biggest films of the year. Adaptations of books like Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Divergent, and The Maze Runner all in works, as seemingly every studio is trying to get their Hunger Games out so they can grab a piece of the lucrative YA movie pie.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also stars Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, and Philip Seymour Hoffman, among others.