In traditional Hollywood sequel time, it hasn’t really been all that long since the first Hunger Games showed up and established itself as the new teen box office champ. Still, the ensuing 20 months has been full of anticipation from fans, with every little detail becoming a newsworthy event. Well, the sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22, and if you didn’t already feel inundated, you’re about to, including this training montage clip from the film.
In the sequel, based on the second book in Suzanne Collins’ massive selling young adult trilogy, the dastardly President Snow (Donald Sutherland) forces Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) back into the Hunger Games arena for another go round. Total dick move, but one that he hopes will quell the rebellion in the outlying districts of the nation of Panem. While this sounds like an overly elaborate way to get rid of a problem, Snow is playing a publicity game. To simply kill them outright, risks the popular figures becoming martyrs, so he has to figure out a sneakier way to go about his business.
This time there’s a catch. The other competitors in the 75th installment of the Games are pulled from the pool of previous winners. That’s right, last time they were fighting to the death against a group mostly made up of random kids who had never handled a weapon in their life, much less murdered someone in cold blood. Not the case in round two. As former champions, these are survivors, badasses, and general killers. Well, some of them, a few are just super old and decrepit. At the very least, however, everyone else has taken a life to save their own, and these skills are on display in this video.
You get to see exactly what some of the other tributes are capable of. Many of them are highly-trained in various deadly arts, like Jenna Malone’s Johanna Mason, and that guy you see skewer not one, but two human-shaped targets with a single spear. The star-crossed heroes are in for a tough time. On the other side of the coin, however, Katniss and Peeta have also been the wars, and have some skills of their own. Chief among these appear to be the ability to execute a perfect forward summersault and come up firing a bow and arrow with pinpoint precision.
Like the first film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire also features a crazy big-name cast. Aside from those already mentioned, the credits include Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund, Sam Claflin, and Jeffrey Wright. Told you it was nuts. Early reviews have been positive, and box office analysts predict a $150 million opening weekend.