We see a water-related challenge in Katniss Everdeen's future.
In case you weren't already ravenous for our "Catching Fire" full trailer premiere this Saturday (June 20, at movies.yahoo.com), the hype for "The Hunger Games" sequel just got hotter with the release of 'Quarter Quell'-themed posters, which feature our heroes Katniss and Peeta Mellark all decked out in their new tournament uniforms.
Did we say "hotter?" Perhaps "wetter" is the more accurate term, as the new costumes look like a cross between designer wetsuits and the outfits worn by the players in another dystopian sci-fi flick revolving around a violent contest, "Rollerball."
The training outfits worn by the Hunger Games contestants in the original film (shown above) were little more than glorified spandex workout clothes. During the actual games, the Tributes were outfitted in loose fitting army pants, black t-shirt, and state-of-the-art rain slickers. These new futuristic duds are long-sleeved, have a lot more texture, and look like they're much more effective in protecting wearers from the elements.
The wetsuit resemblance foreshadows some action scenes that take place in the water, which were first on display via set pics that were taken while the production was on location in Hawaii. Indeed, fans of the book know that while most of the action of the Third Quarter Quell tournament occurs in the jungle, the beginning of the Games takes place in and around water.
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" continues author Suzanne Collins' crusade against political corruption with Katniss and Peeta being forced to get back in the ring (so to speak) in the 75th Annual Hunger Games, a 'Quarter Quell' that allows President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to adjust the "traditional" structure and rules of the tournament as he sees fit. The 75th incarnation requires all past champions of previous Hunger Games to compete against each other in even more deadly environments ... all while revolution is brewing against the Capitol.
Not surprisingly, both Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson look great in their new costumes. You certainly become a more effective symbol for the People's Revolution when it looks like you can bring the fight on both land and sea (and in the air as well, apparently, as the posters give the illusion that our heroes are floating amongst the clouds).
Lionsgate will be presenting new footage from "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The film will hit theaters on November 22.
See Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the theatrical trailer for 'Catching Fire':