First Look: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Covers The New Issue Of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Magazine

It's Almost 'Games' Time Again

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.

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  1. OMG OMG OMG. I love EW for bringing the good stuff! Can’t wait til November y’all!

  2. Keely

    I don’t hate the casting choice for Finnick… I’ve rather grown to like him, actually. But that picture just does not work, in my opinion. Hopefully he looks better in the movie.

  3. I have been fangirling over this all morning!! I mean, come on! The promo for Catching Fire has officially begun! And I hear a poster is coming soon and a trailer is coming around April 14th!! My heart can’t take it! At least we can all wait impatiently together!

  4. muchacha

    I am into the second pic! Do you think they’re focusing on Finnick because it’s hard to sell JLAW/JHUTCH as a solid love item?

    I seriously cannot wait. It makes me want to reread Catching Fire right meow.

    • @muchacha — I think they’re focusing this early promo on Finnick since there was so much anticipation over which actor would play him. We need to see flesh, like, seriously.

  5. Meh to the cover photo, but the 2nd pic looks reeeaaal good!

  6. JCZ

    Can’t recall that far back, but I possibly commented about my NEED to see The Hunger Games. I LOVE the book and have read it a few times now, but I don’t know if anyone will side with me here, I was kinda disappointed with the film.

    It was a good film, but as with any adaption of a book, there was many pieces I felt were important. I think if I never read the book, it would’ve been one of the my top films of 2012 – but unfortunately that wasn’t the case. I may need to re-watch it as I only watched it the one time – but I know not have such high, fandom expectations of Catching Fire, especially since I enjoyed the second book more than the first!

  7. aubrey

    Aaaaargh!!!
    I. CANNOT. WAIT. ANY. LONGERRRRRR!!

    And more photos to calm me down while i wait please!!!

  8. A whole bunch more stills were released and I can’t even handle it!!! Ahhhhh!! Love the Peeta and Katniss still and the Gale one. HOW AM I GOING TO WAIT FOR NOVEMBER?!

  9. Gary Ross thought a November deadline was still rushing the movie out, haha… I rather wait than have them rush it. Then again, I’m a Potter fan. I’m used to waiting. When it’s gone, you can’t have it back. *sobs uncontrollably*

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