Following the life altering and mind scarring events of The Hunger Games, it’s no surprise to see Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) having a good hug with her sister Primrose (Willow Shields) in this new image from sequel Catching Fire.
The new still shows reluctant contestant Katniss doing what she does best, caring for her little sister Primrose. The pair look like they need the comfort of each other’s embrace. Katniss as always appears alert and defensive whereas Primrose is lost, deep likely in the relief of having her sister returned to her.
The scarred earth behind them and the presence of smoke suggest that things have yet to improve in Panem’s District 12. The Captitol will be watching the district carefully and particularly President defying Katniss as she starts her new life alongside her ‘love’ Peeta (Josh Hutcherson).
Katniss appears to be continuing her role as protector and defender of sister Prim after her intervention at the reaping of the first film. Saving Prim from a nasty death in the arena was a brave move for our heroine but her troubles are far from over yet with sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay both on the way and promising more strife.
This image highlights the central relationship of the trilogy besides Katniss and her love triangle boy troubles. Primrose’s role as a healer will become increasingly important in later films and her fate, as anyone who has read the books will know is inextricably linked with that of Katniss.
Katniss has shown she will do anything to protect her younger sister, including entering an arena full of potential killers. Her short lived relationship with Rue in The Hunger Games was a touching reminder of Katniss’ protective nature.
Catching Fire will see Katniss touring the districts, pretending to be very much in love Peeta, on the Victory Tour. President Snow fears rebellion arising and insists Katniss and Peeta play the doting couple and help to quell any signs of Capitol defiance.
Newly crowned Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is joined by newcomers to the franchise Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Claflin and Jena Malone.
With the Quarter Quell fast approaching, where the Hunger Games gets a new set of contenders, including ex-contestants, Katniss and Primrose will have to make the most of that embrace as it definitely will not be long before they are ripped apart again.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out November 22nd 2013
Here is the teaser trailer: