It’s no secret that “The Hunger Games” is positioned to be the next big book adaptation to capture movie audiences attention now that the “Harry Potter” franchise has concluded and the “Twilight” saga is on its way out the door.
The expectations are well-deserved, too. The film based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy has all the makings of a blockbuster, with a young cast of characters and up-and-coming actors playing them. Fortunately, it also has an exciting story that should find just as much support among the male demographic as female fans.
Today, Lionsgate debuted a “motion poster” for the film at Yahoo Movies featuring a symbol familiar to fans of the books: a mockingjay engulfed in flames.
In the world of “The Hunger Games,” the mockingjay is a symbol of rebellion against the oppressive government of Panem, a post-apocalyptic nation carved out of what was once North America. In the series, the government chooses two children from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol to fight to the death in a televised tournament and serve as a reminder of the absolute power it holds over its citizens.
Oscar-nominated “Winter’s Bone” star Jennifer Lawrence plays main character Katniss Everdeen, a girl from a poor District who’s forced to fight in the games. Lawrence is joined in the film’s cast by notable actors Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Lenny Kravitz, among others.
“The Hunger Games” is scheduled to hit theaters March 23, 2012.