‘Hunger Games’ VMA Footage: Exclusive Sneak Peek!

Before Jennifer Lawrence introduces the first-look footage on Sunday, we have a taste for the Tributes.

The 2011 MTV Video Music Awards are all about the ladies: Gaga, Adele, Beyoncé — and Katniss.

Yes, Tributes, we’re debuting an exclusive first look at footage from “The Hunger Games” during the VMAs, and after showing off a teaser photo early Friday morning (August 26), we’ve got another special donation for you: a snippet of video from the first look itself.

Hit play on the video to peep Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as the reluctant warrior Katniss Everdeen, running for her life in the kill-or-be-killed tournament known as the Hunger Games. What’s she fleeing from? A tribute with a hankering to spill some blood? A tracker jacker with a hallucinatory sting headed her way? So many questions! All will be revealed at the VMAs.

On show night, Jennifer Lawrence will be introducing the first look. Afterward, we’ll be bringing you an exclusive online-video commentary from “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross, who will lend insight into the footage and answer some burning questions we have about the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young adult novel.

The story follows Katniss and Peeta Mellark as two teenagers living in Panem, a land once known as North America but which is now comprised of 12 impoverished districts ruled over by a shining Capitol. Recruited for an annual reality-show tournament called the Hunger Games, the duo is forced to survive attacks, launch their own offensives and maybe just fall in love if they’re ever to see their families again. It’s a dystopian tale that’s part “Truman Show,” part “Gladiator,” and yet utterly original.

So tune in Sunday night, when Katniss joins Gaga and the rest of the music world’s biggest names, and then check back to MTV.com for Ross’ not-to-be-missed “Hunger Games” breakdown.

The 28th annual MTV Video Music Awards will air live Sunday, August 28, from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. ET/PT, following the Selena Gomez-hosted pre-show at 8. See the list of nominees, revisit last year’s highlights and vote for Best New Artist by visiting VMA.MTV.com.