Nov. 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM ET
The movie version of Suzanne Collins' bestselling book "The Hunger Games" won't hit theaters until March, but fans are already excited about it. Even since before Jennifer Lawrence was cast in the role of Katniss Everdeen, fans have been sharing opinions online, and photos and sneak peeks all are avidly covered when they're released.
Here's the biggest bone tossed to fans so far: The full trailer, showing Katniss and her fellow tributes prepping for and beginning their battle to the death.
Not everyone was nuts about Lawrence's casting, but if you saw her in "Winter's Bone," you know she is absolutely believable as a young Appalachian woman who's built backwoods survival skills out of necessity, and will do anything for her family. Those are qualities Katniss needs too, and she's thoroughly believable in the short clip.
The scene from the trailer that most affects me is when her young sister, delicate Prim, is actually the one chosen to fight in the games, and Katniss volunteers her own life to save the girl. That works, but some other bits of the trailer remind me of corny 1970s sci-fi. ("Mystery Science" fans, do you see hints of "Parts: The Clonus Horror"?) Still, there's plenty of time for the film to be edited and fine-tuned before March.
"Hunger Games" seems set to become the next "Twilight" as far as uber-popular book franchise leaping to silver screen. Remember, the book's only the first in a trilogy, so we could be hungry for years to come.
Are you eagerly awaiting "Hunger Games"? What do you think of the trailer? Tell us in the comments.