‘Hunger Games’ Trailer Revealed! It’s Sad, Dark … and Awesome (VIDEO)

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It’s been just shy of three months since Hunger Games fans have seen any more footage of the upcoming film adaptation of the wildly successful book, and on Good Morning America on Thursday morning, none other than Josh Hutcherson — Peeta Mellark, himself — unveiled the first official trailer that revealed quite a bit more than the initial teaser. If you’re placing bets, after seeing this trailer, it’s almost a sure thing that this movie is going to be huge — mega blockbuster huge.

The trailer opens with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss character and Liam Hemsworth’s Gale hunting in the woods, eventually taking them to the reaping — where children are forced to enter into a lottery where they’re chosen to fight for the death for the nation of Panem to watch. Lawrence volunteers to save her sister Prim — and the trailer has no shortage of emotion and tension leading up to the Games — and it certainly delivers to anyone hoping to see some of the book’s most riveting scenes.

The trailer ends with a rage of action, as the Hunger Games “tributes” are seen entering the game’s arena.

Also featured in the trailer is the first look at The Capitol and all of its characters — including the training for the game, the making over of Katniss from poor hunter into Katniss, Girl on Fire (thought he actual fire dress was left out … bummer!) — and it also shows the burgeoning love story between Katniss and Peeta.

While presenting the trailer, Hutcherson spoke briefly about the movie and how great of an experience he’s had working on it, saying: “To have such a great book now be made into a movie … it’s the best thing in the world.”

Games is based on the Suzanne Collins novels that set the young adult world on fire with their dystopian, kid-versus-kid deatch match plotlines laced with social satire, sadness, emotion — and yes, a love triangle of sorts. Katniss, the book’s narrator and main character, volunteered to take her sister Prim’s place in the fight-to-the-death Hunger Games, which paired her up with fellow District 12 resident Peeta. While the two form the type of bond and love that can only come with being in combat together, Katniss’ heart still belongs to her close friend Gale, played by Liam Hemsworth in the film.

Many have compared the Hunger film series to Twilight in that it’s a young adult novel that will likely become a massive box office hit. However, in an interview with Vanity Fair, Lawrence was asked about how the two compare and said:

“I try not to think too much about it. Hunger Games is not Twilight, and while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon. I’m so proud of the work we did on the film—Gary and the entire cast and crew were amazing, and I can’t wait for it to be brought to life because I think it’s an important story. If it does become a crazy phenomenon, I’ll soak up my freedom now!”

Lawrence, who landed the role after her Oscar-nominated performance in Winter’s Bone, says that shooting the film was quite the ordeal, given the dystopian theme and harsh settings.

“When we were filming in the woods, it didn’t have that Hollywood gloss—it was real snakes, real bears, and real scenes of running up and down a mountain for 13 hours,” she says of the production of Games.

So was she a fan before she was cast? Absolutely, Jennifer admits.

“I had read the books before I even knew I would be auditioning for the movie, and was a huge fan of the material … Katniss is an incredible character: she’s a hunter but not a killer, a 16-year-old who’s being forced into the arena. These kids are killing one another only because if they don’t they’ll die. It’s needless, pointless, unjustified violence. It’s heartbreaking. When I auditioned, I told [director] Gary [Ross], “I understand if you don’t hire me, but please remember that after Katniss shoots a bow and kills someone, her face cannot be badass.” So there’s nothing cool about her. It’s not like she looks around the arena and goes, Yeah, I got this. I think she looks around helplessly, and thinks, I made a promise to my sister that I would survive; now I have to kill in order to do so.”

Hunger Games will hit theaters in March of 2012. Get ready.