Combining this latest poster and a new picture from EW, the anticipation for Gary RossThe Hunger Games has been at a fever pitch for what seems like forever now, and with the movie nearing its release date, Lionsgate is continuing to release more promotional materials. After a series of character posters — as well as one that was only uncovered after an internet scavanger hunt that many participated in — they have released the final poster, which showcases star Jennifer Lawrence brandishing Katniss’ trademark bow and arrow. Check it out below, courtesy of Moviefone (via FirstShowing):

Here’s where I annoy some of our readers: I am tremendously out of the loop when it comes to The Hunger Games. I haven’t read the books, I haven’t paid attention to the marketing, and, to me, the trailer made it look like a tamer and more futuristic Battle Royale. (A comparison many others have been making.) I have friends though who swear and up and down about its quality, and even though I only know basic details, it’s definitely a step up from Twilight when it comes to both story and a female lead. I can get behind that. At least this looks like a series that might have some balls to it — ironically, I guess.

The large ensemble cast also includes Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Wes Bentley, Elizabeth Banks, Dayo Okeniyi, Amandla Stenberg, Jack Quaid, Leven Rambin, Willow Shields, Paula Malcomson, Ian Nelson, Kalia Prescott, Ethan Jamieson, Tara Macken, Chris Mark, Jacqueline Emerson, Ashton Moio, Kara Petersen, Sam Ly, Leigha Hancock, Samuel Tan, Mackenzie Lintz, Imanol Yepez-Frias, Annie Thurman, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, Latarsha Rose, Brooke Bundy, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones, Amber Chaney, Kimiko Gelman, Nelson Ascencio, and Donald Sutherland.

What do you think of the poster? Will the world, indeed, be watching? And should I just suck it up and read The Hunger Games already or wait for the movie?

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