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‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I’ trailer is released

The first trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I” was revealed this weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. The movie is the third in a series of films based on the Suzanne Collins book trilogy — and the final book, “Mockingjay,” is being adapted as a two-part film.

The sci-fi series became wildly popular after the first book in the series, “The Hunger Games,” was published in 2008. The first two books were New York Times bestsellers, and the third has topped all US best-seller lists. The series even beat out the enormously popular “Harry Potter” series with its Amazon.com sales worldwide.

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Once the first book, “The Hunger Games,” hit the big screen, it was a huge success at the box office. It opened with a record $155 million in North America in 2012, earning a total $408 million domestically. The second film, “Catching Fire,” surpassed that amount with a domestic gross of $409.4 million.

Set in the fictional country of Panem, the latest film once again stars Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark, Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. Other cast members include Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy, Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket.

The movie is slated to be released Nov. 21.

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