"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Trailer Debuts: 5 Things to Know About the Highly Anticipated Sequel

By Josh Grossberg
|  Monday, Apr 15, 2013  |  Updated 2:54 PM EDT
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This is going to be one dangerous Victory Tour.

The first official trailer for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" debuted during Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards, and if you thought Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen had it rough in the first installment after breaking the rules to win the 74th annual Hunger Games, her situation in the Capitol is only precarious now that she's inspired rebellion in the districts.

Here are five things you need to know about the highly anticipated sequel before "Catching Fire" hits theaters on Nov. 22.

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1. To the Victors Go the Spoils? If Only: The preview kicks off with Katniss and fellow and Hunger Games winner Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) embarking on their so-called Victory Tour where they make the rounds to various districts. However, feeling threatened by their popularity among the people who view her as a "beacon of hope," President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plots to eliminate her. Her upcoming tour just might be the time to do it!

2. A New Foe: To accomplish his goal, Snow appoints a new Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee, played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, who appreciates Katniss' power as a symbol, but suggests instead of killing her, the authoritarian regime in Panem "destroy her image" and co-opt her to alienate her from the poor masses. "They're gonna hate her so much they might just kill her for ya," he tells Snow.

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3. Let the Games Begin: Thanks to what's known as the "Quarter Quell," an event that happens every 25 years and forces victors from previous contests back into competition, Katniss and Peeta are forced to take part in the 75th Hunger Games. She begs her mentor, Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), for help, but he warns her that this time around, the stakes are even higher.

4. Start the Revolution: With Snow failing in his attempts to quell the growing unrest in the districts, all hell breaks loose, prompting a violent crackdown. The rebellion takes the image of Katniss' tribute token, the mockingjay pin, as the symbol of their resistance.

5. Girl on Fire: Towards the end of the trailer, Katniss intervenes to stop one of the baddies from whipping and executing her friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). Katniss is willing to risk her life for him, and as we learn, it's heroic actions like these which provide the spark for her fellow citizens who want to shake off their oppressors. Things are heating up in Panem indeed!

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