Starting today, international box office hit, and one of the top grossing films of 2012, The Hunger Games will be exclusively available to Netflix members in the UK and Ireland prior to coming to Netflix in the U.S.
Based on Suzanne Collins’ book, the action-thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and Donald Sutherland takes place in Panem – a country divided into 12 districts and ruled by the Capitol. As retribution for a past rebellion, two young people from every district are required to participate in the “Hunger Games,” an annual televised event in which “tributes” fight to the death until only a victor remains. The story follows protagonist, Katniss Everdeen as she volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in the games.
“We are thrilled to be the exclusive online home for The Hunger Gamesin the UK and Ireland,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix Chief Content Officer. “Since launching in the UK and Ireland in January 2012, we have continued to expand our offering of great movies and TV programmes, and we think our members are going to love the latest addition to the service.”
Netflix is an Internet television network with more than 33 million members in 40 countries.
[Reported by Ian Westhead]