"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" Begins Filming in Georgia

Posted Monday September 10, 2012 9:25 PM GMT

Right on schedule, the sequel to "The Hunger Games" has begun principal photography today (September 10).

Shooting primarily in Atlanta, Georgia, before moving to the beaches and jungles of Hawaii, "Catching Fire" will wrap in late December of this year.

Lionsgate's President of Productions, Eric Feig, said of the project, "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."

Returning stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson will be joined by Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, and Donald Sutherland.

The sequel to the blockbuster film follows Katniss as she returns home after winning the Hunger Games along with Peeta. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a "Victor's Tour" of the districts. Along the way, Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.

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