The first of what promises to be a riveting trilogy - 'The Hunger Games' releases on March 23.
The movie revolves around Katniss and her fight for survival in the hunger games.
The novel is written in first person narrative by the protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives in a post-apocalyptic world called Panem.
Panem stands where North America used to be according to the novel and movie. The new nation is spread around a rich %u2018Capitol%u2019 and 12 surrounding districts each names numerically as District 11, District 12 etc.
The story begins in District 12 where Katniss lives and that district is supposed to be located in the coal-rich regions of former Appalachia (according to the novel).
Katniss takes care of her mother and sister from the time her dad is killed in a mining accident. Besides the food and oil she gets out of putting her name in the reaping she also hunts illegally in the out skirts of their district with her friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), whose father died in the same mining accident.
Because of a failed rebellion by District 13, every year a %u2018reaping%u2019 chooses one boy and one girl from every district to participate in the %u2018Hunger Games%u2019.
The Hunger Games are an annual competition where the chosen participants must battle against each other till only one is left standing.
The winner receives honour, gifts, food and supplies from the sponsors. The chosen participants are called 'tributes'.
All the children putting in their name for the %u2018reaping%u2019 get extra food and oil in return of the annual risk they take. And the names can be put in only after a child turns 12. Katniss%u2019s name is put in the reaping from the time she turns 12 but she has not been picked for 4 years now.
Katniss%u2019s sister Primrose%u2019s (Willow Shields) name gets put in when she turns 12 and her name is unexpectedly picked in the reaping.
Refusing to let her sister participate %u2013 Katniss replaces her in the battle for survival.
Besides having to fight other %u2018Career Tributes%u2019 %u2013 kids who have been training illegally for the games their entire lives %u2013 Katniss must fight the other kids chosen from all the other districts. Her male counterpart from District 12 is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), who she must also defeat.
Before the Hunger Games begin, a stylist, Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), and a preparation team help Katniss train to make a good impression.
The only other person whose help counts is Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) the only living victor from District 12 and mentor to both Katniss and Peeta.
Katniss now must use her skills and wit to survive in the games.
The movie is about the friends and enemies Katniss makes during her time in the Capitol as she struggles to survive.
%u2018Catching Fire%u2019 the second part of the trilogy is expected to hit screens in November 2013.
The movie is expected to do very well in the box office.
%u2018The Hunger Games%u2019 is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins %u2013 the first of the trilogy which has the same name %u2013 has been made in to the movie. The other two parts of the trilogy are %u2013 %u2018Catching Fire%u2019 and %u2018Mockingjay%u2019.