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Preparing for The Hunger Games

March 14, 2012

The young actors in The Hunger Games are about to enter the Twilight zone of fame.

Opening March 23, the film is based on the first of three incredibly popular young-adult novels by Suzanne Collins. The movie is expected to replace the Twilight series when that franchise comes to an end with Breaking Dawn - Part 1 in the fall.

In the post-apocalyptic sci-fi flick, Jennifer Lawrence plays heroine Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to replace her younger sister in a fight-to-the-death battle that's broadcast live on TV.

Think of The Hunger Games as a hybrid of The Truman Show and Lord of the Flies, and know that the fans' frenzied devotion to the characters, especially Katniss, is as intense as the movie.

"I like that Katniss is stronger than she thought she was, and nicer and warmer than she thought she was, but she still considers herself a hunter feeding her family," said the Oscar-nominated Lawrence, who joined the cast to promote The Hunger Games at a Beverly Hills hotel.

Josh Hutcherson plays Peeta Mellark, a baker infatuated with Katniss who's also enlisted to fight in the games. Liam Hemsworth is Katniss's friend, Gale Hawthorne, who tries to persuade her to run away with him before the match. Read More