First Look at Katniss and Finnick in 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Looking very serious

Entertainment Weekly has premiered the cover for their 2013 Movie Preview issue and it features Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss and and Sam Claflin as Finnick from the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, set to hit theaters on November 22.

The film is a direct sequel to The Hunger Games as Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) return home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games and quickly turn around and begin the "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell).

Along with those already mentioned, the film co-stars Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen and Jeffrey Wright. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine) is directing.

Check out the magazine cover below.

Entertainment Weekly / Catching Fire cover
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  • Kimberlesk

    Not how I pictured Finnick, but I'll wait to see the film to make final judgment.

  • André Marques

    Hm, actually i'm really excited about the plot, because the second book has a excellent scenario. Hope that they don't ruin it...and by the way, Jennifer Lawrence look like she's wearing a wig...kinda cosplay stuff...

    • Cory

      It's not a wig.

    • Kimberlesk

      I agree -- the 2nd book did have an excellent scenario. I hope the movie lives up to it. But for the life of me, I can't see breaking the 3rd book into two movies. I get it -- it's about making more money -- but I don't think there's enough story for 2 films. Mockingjay wasn't a 750-pg book like Deathly Hallows.

      • MajorFilmFan

        The second book WAS the best of all 3. I think this COULD be the best movie in the series. I AM excited to see how they can adapt the third book into two movies. Could we get a more honest adaptation of the book?

        • Kimberlesk

          We can always hope!

  • Mark

    So this time they are going to be stabbing kids with tridents. Wonderful. /sarcasm.

  • Jake17

    This looks god awful. What the hell did they do to Finnick?!?

    • MajorFilmFan

      A lot of people are unhappy with the casting of Sam Claflin as Finnick.I DO like the trident design though

      • Ooze33

        Was anyone REALLY going to be happy with anyone they chose for Finnick? I think no matter who was cast, there'd be some "backlash".

      • David Gaillardetz

        What is wrong with the casting of Finnick?

  • MajorFilmFan

    I love the picture, it screams "Don't Mess with Us." So glad to see Lawrence back in her Katniss getup. I dig Finnick's trident, it looks sleak, and better designed for arena combat. I'm still hesitant about Sam Claflin as Finnick though. He could work, he could NOT Work. This is easily my most anticipated movie of 2013, along with The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, simply because 'Catching Fire' was my FAVORITE book in Collins' trilogy.

  • Jenna

    I love the picture, but if you don't know the book you may wonder why they seem to be wearing wetsuits to go to war and are surrounded by fire. They have a tricky situation here: Finnick becomes a central character in the book in a mon- romantic way and as a key player in the fight against the Capitol. Showing Peeta, Katniss AND Finnick would invoke (shudder) twicr@p - and that's as far from the true situation as it can be. It would also be confusing to populate the cover with too many characters as well. So to me it was a good choice :-)

    • Kimberlesk

      I agree completely. It is a very good choice, as most fans have been waiting to see Finnick come to life from the books. He is a VERY popular character (my favorite as well). And LOL @ twicr@p -- I had originally shuddered too, when Lionsgate bought out Summit (which made the Twi-saga). I was really hoping they didn't take HG in that direction and so far, they haven't. I'm really looking forward to seeing CF.

      • MajorFilmFan

        I feel there IS Potential to take it in that direction, with the Katniss-Galctoine-Peeta triangle, but I DOUBT they'll take it that dire

        • MajorFilmFan

          *Gale. Sorry. My fingers slipt

    • MajorFilmFan

      The first image, which is actually released as a part of the article on Catching Fire, does hint at what could be romantic tension between Katniss and Finnick, which may be completely the opposite in the end.

      • Jenna

        This is the scene - I am almost positive - where Finnick reaches around and finishes the complicated knot that Katniss had been trying to do for a hour. Was he still being a little flirty - yes. But that is his known persona for most of the book. So yeah, this could be construed in a different way by those who have not read the books. I don't think so, but I am a superfan of the books :-)

  • Connor420

    Am I the only one around here who didn't like the first film. The books are good and it wasn't quite what I pictured for a movie. I hope this one is better.

  • Lex_Luthor

    That guy looks like a metro sexual Aquaman.

    • V

      I thought Aquaman looks like a metro sexual Aquaman!

  • Justin

    So does Katniss set sail and encounter The Lord of the high seas?

    "I stabbed a guy with a trident!"

    "I have beeneanimg to talk to you about that, you should lie low for a while."

  • Hannah

    It’s amazing that the sequel is already appearing on magazine covers, but it just goes to show how popular this franchise is! It also makes me feel super out of the loop, seeing as I haven’t even gotten around to watching the first flick. I’m sure that your first conclusion is that I live under a rock or something, but it’s just that my work schedule at DISH is so hectic that I can never find the time to watch movies. Renting the Hunger Games is the top priority of my to-do list now though, especially with this sequel debuting this year! Plus, it’s so easy to rent from the Blockbuster @Home service through DISH, that there’s no excuse for me not to check it out. Heck, I don’t even have to leave my house to get it, since the disc gets delivered straight to my mailbox!