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New 'Hunger Games' trailer shows more of heroine Katniss's struggle

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(Read caption) Jennifer Lawrence (r.) stars as Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to participate in deadly games after her sister is chosen by the cheerful Effie Trinket, played by Elizabeth Banks (l.).

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Ravenous “Hunger Games” fans got another look at the upcoming March movie with the release of a new theatrical trailer yesterday, which will also air during the Super Bowl Sunday.

The movie adaptation is set to be released March 23, and three other movies, adapted from the next two books in the “Hunger Games” trilogy by author Suzanne Collins, are also planned.

Much like earlier teaser and theatrical trailers, the new one, which is a minute and eleven seconds in length, begins by introducing the important choice of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). In Collins’ novels, it’s a dystopian future where the government forces two children, or young adults, from each area in the country to participate in deadly games. Only one contestant makes it out alive each time.

The trailer shows Katniss volunteering to go in her younger sister Prim’s place when Prim is chosen as the female contestant for that year. We also see a glimpse of Donald Sutherland as the powerful President Snow, projected on a video screen before the contestants are selected, and Elizabeth Banks playing Effie Trinket, a peppy announcer decked out in thick, white makeup.

This latest preview also details Katniss’ friendship with her hunting partner, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), whom she implores to provide food for her family while she’s gone, and shows Katniss with Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), the man hired to be Katniss’ stylist who also becomes her supporter. Brief training sequences as the contestants prepare for the games are shown as well as the Games' participants running through the forest after the contest has begun. And a blue-haired Stanley Tucci conducts an interview with Katniss as Caesar Flickerman, a Capitol resident who talks with all the Games contestants.

That eerie, whistling musical theme that ends the preview is bound to get any fan wishing it was March 23 already.

Check out the latest trailer below:


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