Following the theme of first looks, the images below give a first look of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Donald Sutherland as President Snow, Paula Malcomson as Katniss’ mom, Liam Hemsworth as Gale, and of course Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson as Katniss and Peeta during their “victory” tour following the win in ‘The Hunger Games.’
While it was uncertain how close to the second novel the film would be, director Francis Lawrence has set the fans at ease. After the departure of the first film’s director, Gary Ross, producer Nina Jacobson made it a point to put have Lawrence and the book’s author, Suzanne Collins, get together in order to outline the script. According to the director, ‘Catching Fire’ will be “very, very true to the book.”
With all adaptations, however, not everything in the book will make it to the big screen. “It’s as agonizing for us to lose things from the book as it is for a fan,” says Jacobson. “I want every single thing in there.”
Who and what won’t be in the film? Well, for one thing, the District 8 runaways, Bonnie and Twill, who Katniss happens upon in the woods won’t be featured. Fans of the book may recall these two were first to alert her of the rebellion she inadvertently sparked and the existence of District 13. Also missing will be Darius, District 12’s youngster who intervenes while Gale was being flogged and is sentenced to a terrible punishment for his actions.
Jacobson remains philosophical about the edits. “But you know what?” she explains, “If you have to give up something in order to give more time to Katniss and Gale or to Effie as she starts to feel a conscience, you make the sacrifices in order to serve the characters and themes that are more essential.”
Fans will have to wait to see what other changes that were left in the book to accommodate the film.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ opens in theaters on November 22, 2013.