First clip from ‘The Hunger Games’

Momentum is building for the release of ‘The Hunger Games’, the book adaption that is being hailed as the replacement for the soon to be complete ‘Twilight Saga’ and the retired ‘Harry Potter’ franchise.

The appeal of ‘The Hunger Games’ was minimal for us until several family members began reading the books and screaming out in surprise at each twist of the plot. Within a month the entire series of books had been devoured with rave reviews and so our interest grew.

Via YouTube the first clip from the film has appeared online featuring Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) showing off her deadly skills with a bow and arrow.

Hit the jump to check it out.

Here’s hoping that Lawrence creates a kick-arse intelligent female character in the tradition of Ripley in ‘Alien’ – that’s the vibe we’re getting from this clip.

Synopsis:

“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.”

‘The Hunger Games’ is released 22 March 2012 in Australia and 23 March 2012 in the US.

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