If you could get past the deadness of Josh Hutcherson’s performance as Peeta Mellark, Gary Ross’ The Hunger Games was a mildly decent affair. When I covered the cast’s visit to Minneapolis last year I encountered a fanbase every bit as fervent as the Twihards. There were men (mostly doting dads), women and children who’d been in line some 30+ hours just to be close to the actors playing their beloved characters. I liked Suzanne Collins’ first book a fair amount, just not enough to continue onto its sequel, Catching Fire. 

Speaking of which, I once feared I’d caught “the catching fire” after a one-night tryst in Vegas with a wayward companion of ill repute. I won’t go into further detail except to say my fears proved unfounded upon discovering a tonic that would combat the affliction before it had time to take hold, as it were.

Where was I? Oh yeah, here are the character posters from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the latest of which includes Academy Award-winning tumbleweed Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film saunters into theatres November 22nd, 2013:


Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen


Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket


Woody Harrelson as “Hungry Hungry” Haymitch Abernathy


Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna

Lenny Kravitz as Cinna


Not pictured: Petta’s incredible tree makeup.

Source: Lionsgate