By now you’ve probably heard of The Hunger Games, the first in a planned trilogy of movies based on the young adult novels by Suzanne Collins. Lionsgate is expecting big things from this franchise, but when the first teaser trailer was released back in August, it seemed like anything but a surefire blockbuster. Now that the first full theatrical trailer has arrived, however, it is starting to look a bit more interesting as we are finally getting a good look at the dystopian world in which it is set and the large (if somewhat cartoony-looking) cast of characters.
The story takes place in a future where North America has been divided into one wealthy controlling district and 12 poorer ones. Once a year, the poor districts are forced to send one boy and one girl to participate in a televised battle to the death where only one competitor survives. Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone) plays Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers for the Hunger Games in order to take the place of her younger sister, while Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta Mellark, a schoolmate and fellow competitor from the same district. The premise has been compared to Battle Royale for obvious reasons and this trailer does hint at the grim violence that is to come, although something tells me that it will be a little bit sanitized. The Hunger Games hits theatres on March 23rd; check out the trailer after the jump and let us know what you think.