You know what they say: The early Mockingjay catches the worm. Days before a new “Hunger Games” trailer was set to debut during the Super Bowl pre-grame show, the clip has swooped onto the internet courtesy of Yahoo! Movies.
We wouldn’t characterize the minute-long montage as a Cornucopia of new footage, but there are plenty of tiny, tasty moments to savor. The trailer opens with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) gifting sister Primrose (Willow Shields) with a Mockingjay pin. “As long as you have it, nothing bad will happen to you. I promise.” she assures. (Fans of the novel will recognize this as a clear departure from the source material, but one that will likely streamline the adaptation.)
The action then jumps to the Reaping, where little Prim’s name is indeed called and Katniss volunteers to take her place. We see Katniss leave her family in Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) capable hands as she departs for the Capitol, where she sits for a pre-Game interview with Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci). “What did you say to your sister when you volunteered for the Reaping?” Caesar asks. “I told her that I would try to win for her,” Katniss responds. “And try you will,” the host solemnly agrees as he kisses her hand.
After a series of training shots and the previously seen exchange between Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), the clip concludes with a sweet moment between our heroine and her stylist Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), who affixes the Mockingjay pin to her Games uniform as good-luck talisman, indicating it’s their little secret.
“The Hunger Games” hits theaters in just 50 days on March 23.
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