Francis Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth and Elizabeth Banks talk Catching Fire at CinemaCon

As we reported, Lionsgate’s star presentation of the night at yesterday’s final day of CinemaCon was The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. We heard many details, from the director Francis Lawrence and cast members Elizabeth Banks and Liam Hemsworth who where in attendance, including that the teaser trailer’s theatrical debut will be before the upcoming Iron Man 3.

Huffington Post reported on the day this morning, and included quotes from Lawrence, Banks and Hemsworth. Read excerpts from the article below:

Director Francis Lawrence, who is new to the series, revealed that he was still “furiously” cutting the film.

Hemsworth, who plays Gale Hawthorne, the childhood friend of the series’ heroine, kicked in a vote of confidence.

“I know that he’s not going to disappoint anyone,” he said.


“I think we’ve actually been able to really ratchet up the emotion and the scope this time,” Francis Lawrence said.

Elizabeth Banks, who plays a deliciously hateable tribute chaperone, recalled her superficial character Thursday with a perky, sharp edged, “heloooo!”

Keeping in the vein of her pragmatic, image-conscious character, she gave a nod to the early studio’s marketing efforts.

“They’re getting really excited,” she said. “They’re kicking it into overdrive on this one.”

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