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Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth appears in a scene from The Hunger Games. - Provided courtesy of Lionsgate

'The Hunger Games' trailer premieres - See video

11/14/2011 by Kristina Lopez

The trailer for the film adaptation of "The Hunger Games" debuted on Monday, November 14, on "Good Morning America" before hitting the web later that day.

Josh Hutcherson, who stars in the film as Peeta Mellark, stopped by the show to talk about the upcoming film.

"It's amazing. To have such a great book now be made into a movie and have such great support to the fans is the best thing in the world," Hutcherson said during his appearance on the morning program.

"I've never read a character and a story that I connected with more than Peeta. I felt like so much of who I am as a person and what believe in is Peeta," Hucherson added about his character. "So, for me, it was a very easy transition into that character."

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.

Hutcherson, 19, dyed his hair blond for the role of 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.

The trailer also gives away the first looks of Donald Sutherland as President Snow and longer glances at Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Mallark and Everdeen's stylist for the Hunger Games, Woody Harrelson as their mentor Haymitch Abernathy and Elizabeth Banks, who takes on the role of Effie Trinket .

Watch the trailer for "The Hunger Games" below.

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