“The Hunger Games” teaser trailer released

Lionsgate has released the teaser trailer for “The Hunger Games” at this Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. Based on Suzanne Collins’ bestselling young adult fiction book trilogy, the film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz. For those who haven’t read the books, here’s the synopsis:

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Part twisted entertainment, part government intimidation tactic, the Hunger Games are a nationally televised event in which “Tributes” must fight with one another until one survivor remains. Pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared for these Games their entire lives, Katniss is forced to rely upon her sharp instincts as well as the mentorship of drunken former victor Haymitch Abernathy. If she’s ever to return home to District 12, Katniss must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

“The Hunger Games”, which will be the first of a 4-part series, hits theaters March 23rd, 2012.

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