Final 'The Hunger Games' Poster Flares Up

I'm not sure why we ever accept it when a studio says that a poster or trailer release is the final one; lately that is rarely the case. Regardless, here's the latest, and yes, perhaps final poster for The Hunger Games. It features a nice close-up of Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone, X-Men: First Class) as heroine Katniss Everdeen, with her bow drawn and ready. See it in full below.

"The World Will Be Watching," proclaims the poster, and that's probably correct, at least with respect to the fact that many of us are curious to see whether or not Lionsgate's YA answer to Twilight pans out for the studio. (Especially now that Lionsgate owns Twilight.) We'll find out when The Hunger Games opens on March 22.

Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the evil Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. A twisted punishment for a past uprising and an ongoing 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 is directed by Gary Ross, and produced by Nina Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, the first in a trilogy published by Scholastic that has over 16 million copies in print in the United States alone, has developed a massive global following.