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Jennifer Lawrence appears in a scene from The Hunger Games. - Provided courtesy of OTRC / Lionsgate

'The Hunger Games' photos debut online, sequel gets a release date - See photos

08/09/2011 by Kristina Lopez

The first official images from the highly anticipated film debut of "The Hunger Games" were released online featuring a new look of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. The latest photos can be seen here.

The film adaptation of the popular novel by Suzanne Collins will hit theaters on March 23, 2012.

"The Hunger Games" is the first book in the trilogy of novels based around the character Katniss Everdeen, who will be played by "Winter's Bone" actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Everdeen lives in the post-apocalyptic North America, which is now called Panem. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event put on by the government in Capitol city, where a boy and a girl from each district fight to the death.

The new photos also include new looks at co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. Hutcherson, 18, dyed his hair blond for the role of Peeta Mellark, a baker's son who competes for Everdeen's affections. The character accompanies Everdeen into the 74th annual Hunger Games as the boy chosen to fight from her district.

Meanwhile, 21-year-old Hemsworth plays Gale Hawthorne, Everdeen's childhood friend who shares a "transcendent bond" with her.

On Monday, August 8, it was announced that the sequel for the film called "Catching Fire," based on the follow-up novel to "The Hunger Games," will be released on Nov. 22, 2013.

It was announced in May that Donald Sutherland had joined the ever-growing cast of the film. The actor is set to play President Snow in the film adaptation of the popular young adult novels written by Suzanne Collins. Sutherland's character is described as a "cruel and ruthless" leader who has "a contentious relationship" with the film's protagonist Everdeen.

Rocker Lenny Kravitz was announced as a cast member last week. The musician will play Cinna, a "mild-mannered" first time stylist whose designs are "show-stopping." He's the stylist assigned to Everdeen for the lead up to the Hunger Games.

Woody Harrelson was recently confirmed to play the character of Haymitch Abernathy, Everdeen's mentor.

Others who have been cast in "The Hunger Games" include Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, the "upbeat" host of the Hunger Games, Wes Bentley of "American Beauty," who will play head game mastermind Seneca Crame, Elizabeth Banks, who will take on the role of Effie Trinket.

Jack Quaid, the son of actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, Leven Rambin, Dayo Okeniyi, Amanda Stenberg, Jeremy Marinas and Dakota Hood have also been linked to the movie.

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