‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Starts Production, Offers Fans a Chance to Visit the Set

By: Todd Gilchrist / September 10, 2012

Lawrence as Katniss
Jennifer Lawrence goes brunette for 'Hunger Games.'
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Scenes from the upcoming movie!
Now that virtually every actor in Hollywood has joined the cast, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has finally started production.

Lionsgate announced Monday that Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of the second novel in Suzanne Collins’ blockbuster young adult series started shooting at locations around Atlanta, Georgia — locations some lucky fans may get to visit.

Jennifer Lawrence returns to the role of Katniss Everdeen alongside co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who play potential love interests Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively.

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In addition to returning cast members Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz and Elizabeth Banks, director Lawrence has added Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright and Sam Claflin to the ensemble.

The production is scheduled to shoot in and around Atlanta, but scenes are also being shot in Hawaii as principal photography races to wrap up before the end of 2012.

As anticipation intensifies for the sequel, Lionsgate has also announced a contest starting September 10 which will award 12 fans the opportunity to visit the set of the film and interact with the stars and filmmakers. Contestants must upload a 30-second video of themselves by October 12 in which they offer their top question for cast and crew members.

Fans who play The Hunger Games Adventures on Facebook (and soon on the iPad) can also enter. Full details are available on the contest Facebook tab, and at www.catchingfiresweeps.com.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled for release on November 22, 2013.