WATCH: 'The Hunger Games' Teaser Trailer Debuts! What Do You Think?

Jennifer Lawrence proves she's got the right stuff to play Katniss Everdeen in the first video from the eagerly anticipated film

Those who stayed up to watch the end of the MTV VMAs Sunday night, got a special treat: a sneak peek at the first video footage from the big-screen adaptation of The Hunger Games. Those who didn't stay up, who didn't have the required elecricity (thanks, Hurricane Irene!) or who have already seen the clip but want to have another look can watch the film's first trailer in all its fire-tinged, teaser-rific glory below

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Lionsgate, the studio behind the film, had already treated fans of Suzanne Collins' beloved trilogy of young-adult novels, to first-look photos of the film's three main cast members: 21-year-old Winter's Bone Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, 18-year-old The Kids Are All Right star Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and 21-year-old Last Song actor Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. This, however, is the first video footage to be released thus far, and -- while it doesn't offer much in the way of the film's plot -- it certainly conveys a sense of the tone and overall look that director Gary Ross is going for. Of course, it's also cool to see Jennifer Lawrence in action as Katniss.

In the minute-long clips she shows off her athletic prowess, sprinting through a lush green forest, dodging fire-engulfed falling trees -- and, ultimately, leaping over a felled tree, deftly placing an arrow in her bow and firing it off, all in one fluid motion. And she does all this while her pal and hunting partner Gale gives her one heck of a pep talk in voiceover. "You're stronger than they are," he tells Katniss. "They just want a good show, that's all they want. You know how to hunt. Show them how good you are."

As anyone who's read the books knows, that inspirational speech is meant to prepare Katniss for the titular Hunger Games, a televised battle where children from each "district" in a post-apocalyptic world engage in an all-out fight to the death.

That battle will rage when The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012.

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