New ‘Hunger Games’ Photos Show Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence Fighting in the Arena

Much as we’ve loved the Entertainment Weekly photo spreads from last week, it’s really cool to see these latest Hunger Games shots – the first unposed photos from the set in North Carolina. It’s clear that Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) are in the deadly Arena, since the actors look bedraggled and muddy, and are covered in fake cuts. Peeta, above, still looks fairly casual in his clothing, but then you’ve got Katniss dirtying up her official Hunger Games uniform and armed with her signature quiver of arrows.

According to local station WCNC, over the weekend the crew shot Katniss and Peeta’s interview scenes at the Knight Theater in Charlotte, NC. Really, all of the tributes — including Leven Rambin, Isabelle Furhman, Alexander Ludwig, and others — were on hand for these scenes, since it’s our first introduction to many of Katniss and Peeta’s media-savvy opponents. You know who else has to be there? Lenny Kravitz as Katniss’ stylist Cinna! (He’s the actor whose transformation we’re most curious to see.)

The Hunger Games comes to theaters on March 23, 2012.

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