SAN DIEGO Get ready to enter the arena for round 2: Lionsgate debuted a brand-new trailer for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, giving fans their first glimpse at fan favorite character Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), the arena for the 75th Hunger Games, and much more of the events that transpire before Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are forced to fight for their lives again.
Katniss and Peeta themselves, Lawrence and Hutcherson, joined costars Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, and Willow Shields and director Francis Lawrence in the convention center’s gigantic Hall H to debut the new footage and discuss the sequel, which hits theaters Nov. 22.
While the first trailer for “Catching Fire” focused on Katniss’ pre-Games press tour, the new one introduces much more of the civil unrest rising throughout Panem after Katniss’ inspirational subversion of the Hunger Games rules that allowed her fellow District 12 tribute, Peeta, to survive.
Katniss finds herself inside the arena again for the all-star Quarter Quell, a special, even more dangerous edition of the Hunger Games (which is inherently deadly, since all but one of the competitors will die before the end) held every 25 years. The 75th edition is an all-star competition of sorts, bringing back former winners from each District to compete against each other, and the new trailer shows President Snow explaining the rules — and Katniss and Peeta’s terrified reaction once they find out they’ll be heading back to fight for their lives.
We also meet District 4 super stud Finnick (shirtless, naturally), District 7 ally Johanna (Malone), and more of the returning tributes. There’s the obligatory training montage, a closer look at the Victor’s Village where Katniss and her family move after her win, another gorgeous Cinna-created dress bursting into flames. The final moments of the trailer give the first look at the arena, which we likely won’t see much more of until the movie comes out.