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TheDailyBeast: Most-Anticipated of 2012

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'Hunger Games'

With a built-in audience of fans of Suzanne Collins’s trilogy of young adult novels, the hype around this movie has been insane for more than a year. And it nearly got out of hand when each bit of casting news caused the Internet to have tremors: in the end, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth were signed to play the three teenage leads. But beyond fan madness, what could be more politically relevant than the class warfare under the books’ surface? The plot revolves around Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence)—a poor 16-year-old girl from a destitute coal-mining community—who is conscripted to compete in the Hunger Games, a real-time reality show in which kids fight each other to the death. If the movie adaptation is faithful to the book, which the trailer indicates it will be, Katniss provides an antidote to the passive, marriage-oriented Bella from "Twilight"—a feminist heroine for millennials. With Donald Sutherland as the evil President Snow; Woody Harrelson as the charming, drunk mentor, Haymitch; and Elizabeth Banks as the not-as-clueless-as-she-seems Effie Trinket, the books’ devoted followers have much to look forward to. So does everyone else, we hope.

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