'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' First Look: Jennifer Lawrence Back as Katniss (EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS)
Production is officially underway for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly-anticipated sequel to the box-office hit, filming in and around the metro Atlanta area.
After sharing snaps of Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair) suited up at tributes on Thursday, Celebuzz has the exclusive first look at Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen.
So is the Games victor back to bloodshed and brutality in the arena?
Not quite yet. Hiding under an umbrella and snug-fitted hooded sweatshirt, Lawrence was spotted darting between her trailer and the Catching Fire set.
The Francis Lawrence-helmed Hunger Games sequel, a Lionsgate production based on the second book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy, sees Katniss and Peeta returning home victorious after winning the gladiatorial games, only to be called back into action for the 75th Hunger Games — better known as the Quarter Quell — which pits past champions against one another.
After the film wraps in Atlanta, the next installment of the fan-favorite franchise will move locations to Hawaii, shooting on island beaches and jungles before completing production in late December.
In the weeks leading up to filming, Catching Fire castings were flying in feverishly. In terms of Quarter Quell competitors, Jena Malone will play snide District 3 tribute Johanna Mason while Claflin will bring to life dashing District 4 tribute Finnick Odair.
They will face off in the arena against the other recently-tapped tributes: Smallville actor Alan Ritchson was named as Gloss and Stephanie Leigh as Cashmere, the two tributes from District 1. Maria Howell and E. Roger Mitchell will star as District 11 tributes Seeder and Chaff, respectively. And for District 2, Bruno Gunn will star as muscle man Brutus and Meta Golding will play fierce golden-fanged Enobaria.
The newcomers — which also includes Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright — join returning principals Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Lenny Kravtiz (Cinna), Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), along with Lawrence and Hutcherson.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to hit theaters November 22, 2013.
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