Hunger Games 2 begins filming ahead of November 2013 release

"The stakes are raised in every way" for the second instalment of the trilogy, Catching Fire

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Fans of Katniss Everdeen and the gripping Hunger Games trilogy will be pleased to know that the second film in the epic franchise is now in production. 

Film studio Lionsgate revealed that the cameras started rolling on 10 September in Atlanta. Much of the movie will be filmed there before production moves to the exotic beaches and jungles of Hawaii.

Filming is expected to finish in December 2012 and the eagerly anticipated film is lined up for release on 22 November 2013. 

“The stakes are raised in every way in this second story, and we are thrilled to get the production underway in these perfect locations, with our excellent returning cast and some world class actors in new roles,” said Lionsgate President of Production Eric Feig in a statement.

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games films are based on the internationally best selling trilogy written by author Suzanne Collins.

Set in the fictional, post apocalyptic world of Panem, the first Hunger Games film followed Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark's battle in the annual Hunger Games - a televised, compulsory competition where teenagers from each district of Panem are forced to fight to the death by the Capitol who controls them. 

Catching Fire picks up a few months after the end of The Hunger Games. While Katniss struggles to understand her complicated feelings for fellow victor Peeta and best friend Gale, she and Peeta have inadvertantly sparked a rebellion in Panem and the Capitol are determined that they will pay for their actions...

Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role as heroine Katniss Everdeen, as will Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Katniss's best friend hunting partner Gale. There are plenty of new faces too - Philip Seymour Hoffman is joining the cast as new Head Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee; Sam Claflin, star of Snow White and the Huntsman and BBC drama White Heat, will star as hearthrob Finnick Odair; and Jeffrey Wright has been cast to play Beetee.  

The trailer for The Hunger Games, now available on DVD