Watch The Hunger Games Trailer

Entertainment Aug. 29, 2011 AT 9:42AM

It's here!

Fans of author Suzanne Collins' blockbuster Hunger Games trilogy had a major incentive to sit through Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards: The first-ever teaser for The Hunger Games, the film adaptation of the first book, out next year.

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In the hotly anticipated trailer, a brunette Jennifer Lawrence hunts unseen prey -- and avoids a major explosion -- in a verdant wilderness as Gale (Liam Hemsworth) is heard delivering a rousing speech.

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The star-studded flick -- set in a post-apocalyptic world -- hits theaters March 23, 2012.

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