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Updated: Sep 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT

The Hunger Games cast

Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth of The Hunger Games
(Photo : Reuters)

The next "Hunger Games" movie production is in full motion.

New photos emerged of the cast on set of "Catching Fire" in the metro Atlanta area of Georgia.

Lionsgate announced Tuesday that principal photography will start the same day, and will be shooting in existing locations in and near Atlanta, Georgia. The film will subsequently be shot on location in the beaches and jungles of Hawaii before wrapping in late December, 2012.

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Celebuzz released new photos of Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair) suited up at tributes on Thursday. Celebuzz has the exclusive first look at Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen.

Hiding under an umbrella and snug-fitted hooded sweatshirt, Lawrence was spotted darting between her trailer and the "Catching Fire" set.


According to the Examiner, Photos from Just Jared feature Sam Claflin (Finnick Odair), as well as Jena Malone (Johanna Mason), Willow Shields (Prim), Alan Ritchson (Gloss), Lynn Cohen (Mags), Meta Golding (Enobaria), Jeffrey Wright (Beetee), Bruno Gunn (Brutus), Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere), Amanda Plummer (Wiress), and E. Roger Mitchell (Chaff).

In several of the photos, you can see the actors wearing what appear to be either their training uniforms or their arena uniforms -- tight black outfits with white detailing that would be suitable to a wet, tropical environment.

Additional photos from show some of the above actors hanging out on-set with Hutcherson. Hypable also nabbed an exclusive photo from one of the under-construction sets in Atlanta. The structure appears to be a "Justice Building," similar to the one featured in the Reaping scene in "The Hunger Games."

Us magazine revealed a photo of Claflin as Finnick on set Sept. 13. The website described:

The English actor, 26, silenced those critics when he was photographed in costume on set in Atlanta, Georgia, September 13. A shirtless Claflin -- who most recently starred opposite Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman -- looked more muscular than ever, revealing his tight abs and bulging biceps in between takes.


New details emerged about "Catching Fire" not returning back to North Carolina, which is where the first "Hunger Games" movie was cast and brought millions to the state.

According to StarNewsOnline, towns that played backdrop to the first movie's post-apocalyptic story haven't heard from Lionsgate studio about a return trip for the sequel, though the chance of a late call still exists. But in "Catching Fire," most of the film's action shifts from a temperate forest to a tropical island, all but ensuring North Carolina won't get the same hype.

"They certainly looked at us," said Aaron Syrett, director of the N.C. Film Office in Raleigh. "But obviously, a lot of it's tropical. There's a new director, new story line, new locations. Certainly the salaries the actors are getting have changed."

Lionsgate's President of Production Eric Feig, who is overseeing the production on behalf of the studio, said, "We are so excited to be embarking on this adventure with Francis Lawrence, who has already exhibited immense creative vision and resourcefulness in casting the film and planning its look and feel.  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."

"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is described:

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark.   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.

"Catching Fire" is set to release in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

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