This November the heroine, survivor and reluctant revolutionary Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returns to the arena to fight for her life in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” and newly unveiled posters provide a first glimpse of her competitors suited up for combat.
In the sequel to the 2012 smash hit “The Hunger Games,” Katniss faces off with fellow survivors of the eponymous games in a twisted all-star edition of the annual competition, which pits teenagers against one another in a televised battle to the death.
The former victors participating in this Quarter Quell — so-called because one occurs every 25 years in post-apocalyptic Panem — include brother and sister Gloss (Alan Ritchson) and Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund) of District 1, Johanna (Jena Malone) of District 7, Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Mags (Lynn Cohen) of District 4, Wiress (Amanda Plummer) and Beetee (Jeffrey Wright) of District 3, and Brutus (Bruno Gunn) and Enobaria (Meta Golding) of District 2.
Katniss and her co-champion in the most recent games, Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), each get their own poster as well.
The posters show the contestants standing, against a backdrop of clouds, wearing black bodysuits with gray mesh accents. A logo representing the 75th Hunger Games is emblazoned on each image.
“Catching Fire” is the second of four planned films based on Suzanne Collins’ young-adult book trilogy, with the third book, “Mockingjay,” to be split into two movies. The first film of the series, “The Hunger Games,” earned more than $686 million at the worldwide box office.
Directed by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants,” “I Am Legend”), “Catching Fire” opens Nov. 22.
— Oliver Gettell | @LATherocomplex
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