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Get excited, Hunger Games fans: The wait for the official movie trailer is over! At 8:30 a.m. today, Good Morning America aired the exclusive world premiere of the full-length trailer, and it's full of details that prove just how faithful the movie will be to the best-selling novel.
The movie stars Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen -- a 16-year-old huntress who volunteers to take her younger sister's place in a televised "battle to the death" against 23 other adolescent comeptitors -- and it's considered the next big young adult franchise to succeed Twilight and Harry Potter at the box office.
Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta Mellark, Katniss' fellow Hunger Games "tribute" (competitor) and potential love interest, was on hand to discuss the popular novel's adaptation and the phenomenal response from the enthusiastic fans of the dystopian book series.
"It's amazing to have such a great book now be made into a movie, to have such great support from the fans is the best thing in the world," Hutcherson, 19, told Good Morning America's Lara Spencer. "The characters and the story are so interesting, it just drives you to want to know what happens to Katniss and what journey she's going to take."
Hutcherson added that he still can't even believe that he's one of the characters in the much-anticipated movie, which hits theaters on March 23, 2012.
"It's so big you can't wrap your head around it," Hutcherson replied. "Walking on set for the first time and being in District 12, and seeing it brought to life... it's surreal."
And as a fan of the book himself, Hutcherson says playing Peeta is a personal triumph. "I've never read a book and a character I connected with more than Peeta," he said. "So much of who I am as a person and what I believe in is Peeta. It was an easy transition into that character."
When Spencer informed Hutcherson that his life will change come March 23, and that he should be prepared to experience what Robert Pattinson has been through with Twilight, he replied:
"So I've been told... It's an honor to be a part of it, and I'm very humbled by the whole experience."