The Hunger Games Teaser Trailer

After being bombarded with all the endless hype over what Lionsgate is hoping will be the next Twilight, the very first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games finally debuted last night at the MTV Video Music Awards. If you’re wondering what all the fuss is about, I’m not sure that this trailer will do much to answer that, but I suppose it will at least give fans something more to argue over. There has already been much debate over whether Jennifer Lawrence was the right choice to play 16-year-old protagonist Katniss Everdeen, and here she proves that she can shoot a bow and arrow. I don’t know about you but I’m sold!

Strangely, if I didn’t know the basic premise of the book I would probably just think this was a trailer for some new fantasy film or a Robin Hood spin-off. There is no sign of a post-apocalyptic world anywhere. In addition to Lawrence, the cast is a pretty eclectic one that also includes Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones and Lenny Kravitz. The Hunger Games is the first in a trilogy and it hits theatres on March 23rd; check out the teaser trailer after the jump and see what you think.

  • Jonny Ashley

    you know how to hunt, show them how good you are

  • great teaser. doesn’t spoil anything. but I need some josh hutcherson action please.

  • Steve

    Considering the hype that wasn’t very impressive.

  • swarez

    Can anyone tell me what the fuck this series is about. Interesting side note. If every single fan of the Hunger Games would pay to see the movie in the theater it would only make $8 million dollars. Lionsgate really need to sell this to the rest of the world.

  • its about “finding the next Harry Potter”

  • swarez

    This sure as shit wont be it. The books have sold less than a million copies. I can see what Lionsgate are doing, pimping it like it’s the biggest thing ever, the same as Paramount did when they did True Grit with John Wayne. They bought up all the stock and claimed it was a best seller, which was technically true.

  • fatbologna

    Maybe they see the potential in the quality of the books rather than their sales numbers? Just a thought.

  • you sparked an interest and I dug around.

    Harry Potter didn’t get a US publisher till 1997 and the film rights were sold in 1998. by all accounts, the Potter reading frenzy was in its initial stages and the numbers are similar to the numbers for The Hunger Games.

    “In August 1999 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone topped the New York Times list of best-selling fiction,[35] and stayed near the top of the list for much of 1999 and 2000, until the New York Times split its list into children’s and adult sections under pressure from other publishers who were eager to see their books given higher placings.[23][33] Publishers Weekly’s report in December 2001 on cumulative sales of children’s fiction placed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 19th among hardbacks (over 5 million copies) and 7th among paperbacks (over 6.6 million copies).[36]”

    I think this is more a case of “signing the band before it breaks” then anything else. Also in a multi media world the proper way to build franchises is to let books influence interest in films which in turn builds interest in the books, so on and on

  • JV2319

    Seems like no one who has commented on this has actually read any of the books. Its based on a post-apocalyptic america where the “states” are actually divided into thirteen districts, the 12th and 13th districts being the poorest. Years back, the districts revolted against the government and ever since the government made a reality game show where 2 people are chosen from each district, a man and a woman, ranging from ages 12-19, and all are put into a natural habitat game arena where they are forced to kill eachother, the winner receives food and supplies for their district for the next year. Kat, the main char., is raised in the 12th district, forced to hunt off the lands to provide for her family. She is chosen the the hunger games and is forced to use her hunting skills to survive the games. GREAT FUCKING SERIES.

  • Soop

    I don’t think anyone should ever end a film sentence with
    “….and Lenny Kravitz”.

  • Cat

    Who says the books have sold less than a million copies? As of August 2011, Scholastic’s official figures are over 12 million copies in US alone.