Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
We see a water-related challenge in Katniss Everdeen's future.
In case you weren't already ravenous for our "Catching Fire" full trailer premiere this Saturday (June 20, at movies.yahoo.com), the hype for "The Hunger Games" sequel just got hotter with the release of 'Quarter Quell'-themed posters, which feature our heroes Katniss and Peeta Mellark all decked out in their new tournament uniforms.
Did we say "hotter?" Perhaps "wetter" is the more accurate term, as the new costumes look like a cross between designer wetsuits and the outfits worn by the players in another dystopian sci-fi flick revolving around a violent contest, "Rollerball."
The training outfits worn by the Hunger Games contestants in the original film (shown below) were little more than glorified spandex workout clothes. During the actual games, the Tributes were outfitted in loose fitting army pants, black t-shirt, and state-of-the-art rain slickers. These new futuristic duds are long-sleeved, have a lot more texture, and look like they're much more effective in protecting wearers from the elements.
The wetsuit resemblance foreshadows some action scenes that take place in the water, which were first on display via set pics that were taken while the production was on location in Hawaii. Indeed, fans of the book know that while most of the action of the Third Quarter Quell tournament occurs in the jungle, the beginning of the Games takes place in and around water.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continues author Suzanne Collins' crusade against political corruption with Katniss and Peeta being forced to get back in the ring (so to speak) in the 75th Annual Hunger Games, a 'Quarter Quell' that allows President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to adjust the "traditional" structure and rules of the tournament as he sees fit. The 75th incarnation requires all past champions of previous Hunger Games to compete against each other in even more deadly environments ... all while revolution is brewing against the Capitol.
Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Lionsgate's 'The Hunger Games'.
Not surprisingly, both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson look great in their new costumes. You certainly become a more effective symbol for the People's Revolution when it looks like you can bring the fight on both land and sea (and in the air as well, apparently, as the posters give the illusion that our heroes are floating amongst the clouds).
And though Katniss and Peeta may be our favorite victors, they aren't the only participants in the games. There are 11 Quarter Quell posters in total. To see them all, head to these sites:
- MSN debuts Johanna
- Empire Debuts Finnick and Mags
- MTV Debuts Wiress and Beetee
- AOL Debuts Brutus and Enobaria
- LA Times Hero Complex Debuts Gloss and Cashmere
Lionsgate will be presenting footage from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, and right after the panel you'll be able to see the new trailer exclusively here on Yahoo! Movies. So mark your calendars for Saturday at 5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT, and may the odds ever be in your favor.
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See Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the theatrical trailer for 'Catching Fire':
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