Taking the place on the cinema release calendar previously occupied by Twilight movies, the second film the Hunger Games cycle is set for a release this November. So obviously, between attending awards ceremonies and delighting America with her candid appearances on talk-shows, Jennifer Lawrence has found the time to shoot some scenes from Catching Fire. The sequel will see Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen cope with the consequences of ‘gaming’ the system at the end of The Hunger Games, a move that allowed her to spare the life of her fellow competitor Peeta Mellark — whose name sounds best when you imagine it’s being said by Lois from Family Guy.
Anyway, thanks to Lionsgate Films, we’ve been able to get our mitts on some early production stills of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!
Francis Lawrence (no relation) might not be the kind of big name director that fans were hoping for, but he does come packing a solid CV. With almost two decades worth of experience making music videos, his back-catalog includes promos for Janet Jackson, Jay-Z and Britney Spears. He took the leap into features with 2005′s entirely decent Constantine, following it up with the almost-great I Am Legend. His most recent picture was Water for Elephants, which nobody saw, but was apparently quite nice.
Lawrence has signed up to direct the remainder of the franchise.
Ermahgerd! Could this be yet another love interest for young Miss Everdeen? Between fellow competitor Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and hometown hunk Gale (Liam Hemsworth), does this put our Katniss right in the midst of a love quadrangle?
Oh, wait — he’s totally coming on to her in a bad way, isn’t he? So Finnick Odair is probably a villain right? Oh well, maybe Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s newly added character will turn out to be another one of Kat’s suitors. That would be crazy weird!
This photo is probably from a scene near the beginning of Catching Fire. The partially-obscured number in the background presumably refers to the 74th Hunger Games, of which Katniss and Peeta were the winners. Are the armoured figures behind them there to protect them… or there to control them? Will victory at the Hunger Games turn out to be a poisoned chalice for Katniss?
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit cinemas 22nd November 2013.