The Hunger Games: Catching Fire shows it only takes a spark

Every rebellion only takes a spark and in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, the spark is Katniss Everdeen.

Following the brilliant film version of the first novel in Suzanne Collins’ thrilling and disturbing dystopian trilogy, THE HUNGER GAMES won’t be easy. Writer/director Gary Ross did such a superb job that new director Francis Lawrence needs to deliver something special with the sequel, THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, due for release in November.

But perhaps the odds will be in his favour as he shares a surname with his star, the luminous and now Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence. Her spirited presence as heroine Katniss Everdeen made the first film so memorable and is the reason the sequel opens on a serious note of revolution in the fictional Panem.

Joining Lawrence in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is the fantastic ensemble from the first movie. There’s Josh Hutcherson as fellow tribute Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as long-time friend Gale Hawthorne, Elizabeth Banks as fashionista Effie Trinket, Woody Harrelson as previous Games-winner and mentor Haymitch Abernathy and Lenny Kravitz as stylist Cinna. And in the Capitol, we have Stanley Tucci as the vain TV host Caesar Flickerman and Donald Sutherland as the malevolent President Snow. Most notably in the sequel’s cast, there’s the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman who makes a great impression as the amazingly named Plutarch Heavensbee in the seriously good-looking teaser trailer.

“Because of her, they all think they’re invincible.”

Take a first look…