The first full-length trailer for 2012’s “The Hunger Games,” starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, set the internet ablaze Monday (November 14) after its debut on “Good Morning America,” and there’s plenty for fans to dissect in the clip—despite the fact that it centers almost exclusively on the first half of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian tome. Let the Games begin as we dive into the five key moments from the trailer:
Arguably the most pivotal and moving moment from the trailer, The Reaping sets in motion a chain of events that will forever change the country of Panem. After Primrose Everdeen’s name is selected by mentor Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) to participate in the 74th annual Hunger Games, sister Katniss steps in to take her place. “I volunteer. I volunteer as tribute,” she screams as Peacekeepers hold her at bay. Baker’s son Peeta Mellark is selected next, cementing the duo that will represent the impoverished community of District 12.
Katniss Hits the Bulls Eye
All those years of hunting for game outside of District 12 have paid off for Katniss. We get a look at the training session for the Hunger Games and see our heroine in action, being pretty badass with a bow and arrow. For a split-second during the scene, we catch a glimpse of some of the other tributes, including Rue and Cato. Yet, it’s a wig-wearing Woody Harrleson as Haymitch who says, “This is the time to show them everything. Make sure they remember you.” When the tribute pulls back, releases her arrow and hits her mark, we realize, as does Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), that Katniss is the real deal.
Katniss Wears The Mockingjay
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment, a gleaming Mockingjay pin is pressed into Katniss’ palm as a good-luck charm for the Games. Though we can’t tell for sure who gifts her with the talisman (in the novel it’s friend Madge Undersee), the Mockingjay comes to represent Katniss in the Games…and beyond.
Peeta And Katniss Share A Moment
We finally hear Peeta speak! Fans have been anxiously waiting to see how Hutcherson will play the role of Peeta, and it looks like he has perfected not only the character, but the blond hair as well. Peeta and Katniss meet on the rooftop of the training center to discuss their fates. Peeta expresses his concern in keeping his identity while fighting in the games, yet Katniss’ only thought is how she will survive. It’s the first time we see these two have a moment together, and there is an undeniable chemistry between them. We cannot wait to see how the love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta plays out!
Our only look at the titular Games, Katniss emerges from underneath the arena to face the 23 tributes tasked with killing each other. Upon the countdown, they bolt towards the Cornucopia, a macabre collection of weapons and assets to aid their quest for victory. How will it all play out? You’ll have to flock to theaters March 23, 2012 to find out!