Ahhhh!!! The Hunger Games is upon us again!! As you may recall, Games fans were treated to, IMHO, an excellent big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games last year. But now that it’s 2013, it’s almost time for the next installment of the book/film franchise. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters later this year (way later this year) so, according to Entertainment Weekly, it’s time to get excited again. Jennifer Lawrence, as Katniss Everdeen, and Sam Clafin, as Finnick Odair, are featured on the cover of this week’s issue of EW magazine. Click below to take a look, read a preview of the coverstory feature and check out an extra photo of the actors that EW shares on their official Facebook page.
The revolution has been sparked. In this week’s cover story, EW traveled to Waikiki, Hawaii where cast and crew were in the final days of production on the eagerly anticipated Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire (in theaters Nov. 21). Just as the revolution that could embolden the people of Panem rests on young Katniss Everdeen’s shoulders, the success of the franchise depends largely upon Jennifer Lawrence. After spending the day outrunning death in a nearby jungle, the 22-year-old actress ordered herself a Budweiser and kicked back in the Trump balcony lounge to discuss the sequel, her life now as a blockbuster star, and her willful inability to behave like the nice sound-bite machine Hollywood might expect her to be. “It’s almost like I subconsciously don’t want to work anymore so I’m trying to ruin my career,” she says with a laugh at one point, before leaning in close to the reporter’s tape recorder. “I’m pregnant!” she joked. From her first meeting with new director Francis Lawrence (“I spit egg inside his mouth when I was talking. Into his mouth”) to the raucous party she hosted for the Catching Fire cast and crew (“When Sam walked in I was chasing Woody and we’d flipped over my couch and Woody had a sock all the way down my throat…”), Lawrence was frank and funny and self-aware. “I’m so aware of all the b.s. that surrounds Hollywood,” she says, “and how everyone gets on this high horse and thinks that they’re curing cancer and it makes me so uncomfortable every time I see it. So I go in the exact opposite direction and end up saying something like ‘I’m pregnant!’ when I’m in two franchises.” Then in an exclusive conversation, director Francis Lawrence described his vision for the sequel, his immediate three-day pow-wow with series writer Suzanne Collins to ready a script, and how one of his inherited cast members had a particularly hard time adjusting to the loss of Hunger Games director Gary Ross. (Woody Harrelson, who plays Katniss and Peeta’s wry and PTSD-ruined wreck of a mentor Haymitch.)
EW also sat down with Sam Claflin, the green-eyed, dimpled Brit who won the role of District 4′s charming and enigmatic golden boy Finnick Odair, for his first Hunger Games interview. He described filming the infamous sugar cube scene, in which Finnick teases Katniss while wearing nothing beyond some strategically placed netting, as “the scariest moment of my life. I’m on Twitter and so many people have been like ‘Don’t mess this up, or we will kill you.’”
While I am very excited for the release of this movie, I am NOT excited by the prospect that we have to wait almost the ENITRE YEAR to see this sequel film! I get that movie studios need to maximize box office receipts and, therefore, release different films at different times of the year but … damn, making us wait until the END of November is just evil. The Hunger Games came out in March, I think Catching Fire should come out in March (or at least the Spring) as well. BUT … that’s not going to happen so … we must wait. It’s going to be a very long year of waiting, I can tell you that … but this first look at the film in EW is a nice early treat … I guess.