The highly anticipated sequel follows District 12 victors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) as they embark on a tour of Panem, celebrating their survival in the titular death match. But the pair’s defiance during the games didn’t go unnoticed — by both the capricious Capitol heads and their fellow countrymen looking for a symbol of hope.
The unrest is palpable from the opening moments of the teaser, as Katniss and Peeta are ushered to the stage by mentor Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) during a stop in District 11 — fallen tribute Rue’s district.
“She’s not who they think she is,” Snow says of Katniss. “She just wants to save her skin, simple as that. She has become a beacon of hope for them. She has to be eliminated.”
“I agree she should die,” Heavensbee says. “But in the right way at the right time. Katniss Everdeen is a symbol. You don’t have to destroy her, just her image. Show her that she is one of us now. Let them rally behind that. They’re going to hate her so much they might just kill her for you.”
At home in District 12, Gale (Hemsworth) echoes the sentiment to Katniss: “People are looking to you, Katniss. You’ve given them an opportunity, they just have to be brave enough to take it.” Gale attempts to show his own mettle, as he faces a whipping for selling illegal game, but Katniss intervenes. She’s unrelenting as a Peacekeeper pulls a gun on her. “Go ahead,” she says, channeling some sort of dystopian Dirty Harry.
As the clip draws to a close, we’re returned to President Snow’s residence for a final, ominous warning: “Her entire species must be eradicated,” he tells Heavensbee.
“Her species, sir?” Heavensbee responds.
“The other victors,” Snow explains. “Because of her, they all pose a threat. Because of her, they all think they’re invincible.”
Do we smell a Quarter Quell?
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” hits theaters November 22, 2013. The full trailer is viewable at HungerGamesExplorer.com.
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