Before The Ballad of Songbirds of Snakes bows on the big screen this month, it’s a great time to revisit the OG Hunger Games films — all four of which are now streaming on Peacock.
Based upon the bestselling YA novels written by author Suzanne Collins, the cinematic franchise centers around Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence), a young woman living in a dystopian version of the United States broken up into twelve separate Districts. These disconnected regions are all responsible for providing the Capitol with various resources (be it coal, produce, vehicles, etc.).
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Where to stream all the original Hunger Games movies?
All four of the original The Hunger Games films are streaming now on Peacock.
Each year, the authoritarian government — presided over by the vindictive President Snow (Donald Sutherland) — forcibly selects a crop of young people (known as “tributes”) to kill one another in the titular competition meant to punish the Districts for an attempted rebellion decades before. When the fiery Katniss selflessly volunteers as tribute to save her sister from a gruesome fate, the downtrodden people of Panem are suddenly reminded of why their ancestors revolted in the first place.
Gary Ross (Pleasantville) helmed and co-wrote the first Hunger Games adaptation, which brought in over half a billion at the worldwide box office against a budget of $78 million. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) oversaw production on the subsequent translations of Catching Fire and Mockingjay. The third novel was split into a two blockbuster films, with all four releases netting over $2 billion globally.
The series attracted a litany of A-list talent, including Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Julianne Moore, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Click here to access all four Hunger Games movies on Peacock.
Originally published Mar 31, 2023.