Five Things Fans Are Looking Forward to in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

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November 4th, 2013


Five Things Fans Are Looking Forward to in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"

These days, it seems like the release of a trailer for a highly anticipated film is just as much of an event as the opening of the full film in theaters. This is very much true of the first trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which was first shown in April 2013 at the MTV Movie Awards. When it was later released online, the reaction was swift and overwhelmingly favorable. Fans of author Suzanne Collins and her trilogy began to write about the trailer and what they were looking forward to the most in this sequel to 2012's "The Hunger Games." Here are five of the things that moviegoers are most anticipating about the new film, which opens on November 22 in US theaters.

Plutarch Heavensbee

Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman) plays a large role in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as one of the main antagonists for Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who won the last Hunger Games competition along with fellow District 12 resident Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker who aims to destroy Katniss' growing influence outside of the capital. Those who have read the books know that there is more to Heavensbee than meets the eye, which is why his introduction is so eagerly awaited by fans. Given the intensity that Hoffman usually brings to his roles, this character is almost guaranteed to be one of the best things about the film.

The Quarter Quell

Since Katniss and Peeta won the last Hunger Games, they should be exempt from having to compete in the future, with the exception of the Quarter Quell. This is a special Hunger Games event, complete with arbitrary rule changes, that takes place every twenty-five years. The victors from previous Hunger Games, including Katniss and Peeta, are drawn in to compete again, which places both of them in the line of fire. Since President Snow (Donald Sutherland) wants Katniss dead in order to quash any chance of a rebellion, viewers can be sure that he and Heavensbee will make some very sneaky and potentially deadly changes to the Quarter Quell rules in order to try and eliminate her.

The Rebellion

People in many of the districts are starting to plot a rebellion to overthrow President Snow and his cronies in the capital. The victory of Katniss and Peeta in the previous year's Hunger Games stoked a rebellious fire that the government has not yet been able to snuff out. Soon, a full-on uprising begins, and the mockingjay pin that Katniss wore in the first film becomes the symbol of the rebellion. This huge uprising will probably be a great sight to see on the big screen, especially since director Francis Lawrence is an expert at creating grand, sweeping visuals set against war-torn or apocalyptic backgrounds. He did it at the helm of such films as "I Am Legend" and "Constantine," and filmgoers can expect it from him again with "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."

Finnick Odair

For months after principal photography began on the film, fans speculated as to how much of a role Finnick Odair would play in the film. Finnick is the winner of a previous Hunger Games who, much like Katniss and Peeta, is forced to compete again in the Quarter Quell. He has been described in the books as the most handsome person to ever win, which earns him the admiration of everyone around him. As played by British actor Sam Claflin, he is a tanned, blonde warrior who will likely set more than a few hearts aflutter in theaters once the film is released.

The Costumes

Some people think that when a book is adapted into a film, the book is always better. They may have a point in some cases, but one thing that films do better than most books is to provide visuals. No matter how explicitly Collins might describe the clothes that some of the characters wore in her bestselling trilogy, nothing could prepare fans of the novels for the sheer outrageousness of the costumes in "The Hunger Games." This is especially true of Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks), who had clothes so bold and elaborate that they were eye candy unto themselves. Between the trailer and a few film stills that have been released, it looks like viewers can expect more of the same in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."