‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ teaser to air during MTV Movie Awards

April 03, 2013 | 11:30 a.m.

Fans of Katniss Everdeen can get a glimpse of District 11 in a new teaser for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” — emphasis on the word “glimpse.”

The snippet of footage — which shows Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket on the co-champions’ victory tour stop at District 11 — barely runs 10 seconds and was released to promote the full teaser trailer and its April 14 unveiling during the MTV Movie Awards.

A teaser for a teaser may sound insignificant (does anyone remember the one-second clip released ahead of the”Star Trek Into Darkness” trailer last fall?), but it’s all part of the “Hunger Games” hype as the Hollywood marketing machine kicks into gear for what is likely to be one of 2013′s biggest hits when it is released Nov. 22.

“Catching Fire,” directed by Francis Lawrence, is the second installment in a planned quartet of films based on the bestselling young adult book trilogy by Suzanne Collins; the third book, “Mockingjay,” will be split into two movies. The first film in the franchise — last March’s “The Hunger Games” — earned more than $686 million at the worldwide box office.

The story follows heroine Katniss, a teenager forced to fight other starving children in a televised battle to the death for the enjoyment of wealthy spectators in Panem, a post-apocalyptic version of North America. The second book picks up after Katniss’ victory, when she and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark embark on their Victors’ Tour through each of the Panem’s districts, some more impoverished than others, before a twist of fate (or, rather, twist of the knife by Panem’s cruel overlords) lands them back in the battle arena.

The scene in the teaser for the teaser appears to be Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour stop in District 11, a poor district that was home to Katniss’ arena ally Rue (Amandla Stenberg) in the first film. In the book, the District 11 stop marks a significant moment for Katniss, who begins to sense that a rebellion is simmering, and she inadvertently stokes the flames.

Jeffrey Wright as Beetee in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a poster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Lionsgate)

Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in a scene from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Director Francis Lawrence (center) with Liam Hemsworth (left) and Jennifer Lawrence (right) on the set of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." (Murray Close / Lionsgate)

Gale Hawthorne actor Liam Hemsworth will present the teaser trailer during the MTV Movie Awards April 14 at 9 p.m. Pacific before it becomes available online at thehungergamesexplorer.com, which currently displays a countdown.

The teaser comes after the release of several character posters on Capitol Couture – a fictional publication based on the fashion-conscious Capitol of Panem, and another clever marketing tactic on Lionsgate’s part.

Watch the teaser trailer teaser above, click through the gallery for a peek at the posters, and let us know what you think in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark

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One Response to ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ teaser to air during MTV Movie Awards

  1. Tesla Stone says:

    I CAN'T WAIT FOR CATCHING FIRE TO COME OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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