Since much of this movie was shot right here in Atlanta (one recent highlight was bumping into ‘Peeta’ at a favorite pizza place here), I’m thinking I’m going to need to be on the media list to attend this world premiere, because, well, I’m a huge fan and I believe I’m getting pretty good at walking the red carpet (ok, I’ve only done it once, but it definitely is on my list to do again).
When I met several of the cast members during the last movie’s promotional tour around the country, it was nothing short of fabulous. The actors were so gracious, including Liam Hemsworth (the only one of the actors who visited whose character is still alive for this second movie). At the time, there were rumors of his ‘dating’ Miley Cyrus. We all know since then they’ve become engaged. And we think they still are.
The first Hunger Games film was the 13th highest-grossing North American release of all time, ultimately earning nearly $700 million at the worldwide box office.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire stars Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence alongside Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone and Jeffrey Wright, with Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Hutcherson). Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games, The Quarter Quell – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is directed by Francis Lawrence, from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael DeBruyn, based upon the novel “Catching Fire” by Suzanne Collins and produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik.