Given Lionsgate’s tendency to trickle out The Hunger Games info one tiny bit at a time, you could be forgiven for rolling your eyes at yet another round of news on Gary Ross‘ dystopian teen epic. But happily, today’s offering is one of the most interesting things we’ve seen come out of the marketing team in a while.

The studio has just released eight brand-new character posters for the film, offering close-up profiles of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Haymitch (Woody Harrelson), Effie (Elizabeth Banks), Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg), and Cato (Alexander Ludwig). And trust me, they’re way more exciting than those district seals that were released earlier this month. Check ‘em out after the jump.

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Five ‘Hunger Games’ District Seals Revealed

It’s been relatively quiet on the Hunger Games front recently, so Lionsgate has just unveiled five new images to remind you that the film is still coming. And, oh yeah, while we’re on the subject, they’re also reminding us to go register at the website and Like the movie on Facebook. Each of the five images features a seal representing one of twelve Districts, which in the story comprise the dystopian future nation of Panem.

Directed by Gary Ross and based on a popular YA novel by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence as tough 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who gets sent to the Capitol to compete for her district in a fight to the death against other teenagers. Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Lenny Kravitz also star. Check out the new posters after the jump.

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Well, it’s finally here! Just as promised, Lionsgate premiered the first teaser for The Hunger Games at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. It’s just a one-minute clip of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) in action, but after months of itty-bitty bits of info — minor casting announcements, some not-very-exciting photos, one-second teases, a motion poster — it’s great to have something almost substantial to sink our teeth into. Watch the video after the jump.

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UPDATE: A representative for Lionsgate confirmed that “we have a deal that encompasses 4 movies.” Original story follows with minor edits.

Harry Potter did it first, Twilight followed suit and, if Lionsgate experiences the success of those two franchises with their anticipated, upcoming film, they plan to do the same. Deadline first reported that in a recent meeting with Wall Street analysts Lionsgate told them to expect four movies from the trilogy of books in The Hunger Games series written by Suzanne Collins. That certainly sounds like they plan to split either the second book, Catching Fire or – more likely – the final book, Mocking Jay, into two movies. [UPDATE: Lionsgate confirmed their deal encompasses four movies but wouldn’t say where the fourth would come from.] Of course, if the first Hunger Games movie doesn’t do well when it’s released in March, this plan would likely go down the tubes. Read more after the break. Read More »

Casting for Gary RossThe Hunger Games continues to move full steam ahead. Lionsgate has just announced Kara Petersen and Ashton Moio in the roles of the two District 6 tributes, who do not have names in Suzanne Collins‘ original book. Read more after the jump.

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Now that Jennifer Lawrence has officially been cast in the lead role of Katniss Everdeen, it’s time to fill in some of the other major parts for The Hunger Games. Casting has begun in earnest for the roles of Peeta Mellark, a fellow Hunger Games competitor who has feelings for Katniss, and Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend from home. The list of contenders seems to contain a decent mix of rising actors, including previously mentioned names like Josh Hutcherson and Hunter Parrish. But the really great news? Alex Pettyfer is nowhere to be seen — so far, at least. Read more after the jump.

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It’s official. Katniss Everdeen, a 21st century literary figure almost on par with Harry Potter or Edward Cullen, will be played by a 20-year-old Oscar nominee. Jennifer Lawrence, who rose to fame very quickly after a stunning, Oscar-nominated performance in the Sundance 2010 award-winner Winter’s Bone, has been cast as the lead character in The Hunger Games, director Gary Ross‘s adaptation of the popular young adult novel written by Suzanne Collins. Lawrence had long been rumored to be the front runner for the role and her accepting it was all but certain as of this past weekend. According to The Wrap, who broke the news, the papers were signed and sealed on Wednesday. Details were not revealed, but it’s believed she’s signed on for a trilogy of films.

So what does this mean for the franchise about an all powerful government who flexes its muscles by forcing children to kill each other for sport live on television? We speculate and more after the jump. Read More »

As director Gary Ross begins preparations to adapt one of the most popular books of the past few years, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the most important decision he must make is casting his lead character: Katniss Everdeen. A self-sufficient, 16-year-old bad-ass female hero, Katniss is one of two kids selected from her district to compete in the annual titular fight to the death; a government organized, televised event in which only one child will survive and bring glory to their people.

It’s a decision almost on par with Chris Columbus choosing Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter or Catherine Hardwicke casting Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen. The role of Katniss Everdeen has the potential to be that iconic.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ross confirmed that he has not yet spoken to any actress about playing the role but will start to do so soon. And when he does, he has some strong thoughts on the subject. The Hunger Games is scheduled to being shooting in late Spring 2011. Read Ross’s quotes on casting Katniss, see two actresses who have already began petitioning for the role and more after the jump. Read More »