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.

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.

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