The Hunger Games cast impressed the 6500 strong audience at the San Diego Comic-Con. Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutchinson impressed fans with their playful chatter whilst the trailer was greeted with an overwhelmingly favourable response.
The Hunger Games Comic-Con 2013 panel was a huge success. Six of the upcoming sequel Catching Fire's actors sat on the panel. These included: Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen); Josh Hutcherson (Peeta); Jeffrey Wright (Beetee); Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale).
Jennifer Lawrence at 66th Cannes Film Festival screening of Catching Fire.
Lawrence impressed fans with her anecdotes of clumsiness and her gentle humour. She commented on the difficulties she faced whilst filming physical scenes, stating "running and trying not to hit myself in the face with my bow, those were my two greatest challenges." She also referenced one scene in which she wears -in a propaganda photograph shoot- a vast wedding dress: five feet in diameter. Of the costume she said it "was one of the hardest things I've done in my life".
Directorial duties for Catching Fire have been taken over by Francis Lawrence. Gary Ross directed the first instalment of the four scheduled films. The trailer of Catching Fire was shown to the audience who greeted it with applause and cheers.
Catching Fire continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, the winner of the Hunger Games, she returns home to district 12 where she leads a relatively comfortable life. After witnessing many horrors during the Hunger Games, she begins to notice further cracks in their society. She is forced back into the arena where she encounters further violence and cruelty.
Lawrence commented on her character's state of mind. Of Katniss she said: "she's struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after the games while living in Victor's Village, where she never wants for food, and feels useless. She's adapting to a new life."
Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson at the People's Choice Awards 2013, held at the Nokia Theater, L.A.
The 22-year-old actress engaged in an amicable back-and-forth with co-star Josh Hutchinson, something the audience of fans loved. Hutchinson plays her love interest Peeta and this off-screen friendship is something which makes their performance on screen special. Jeffrey Wright (Beetee) remarked on this: "They have a language all their own. Half the time we didn't know what they were talking about but that chemistry you seen on screen is reflected in their friendship."
Catching Fire is released in US and UK cinemas on 22nd November 2013.
Jeffrey Wright at the premiere of Lucky Guy, the Broadhurst Theater, New York.