The Hunger Games Premieres Across Canada

Fans turn out in droves to meet their favourite actors.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Monday was the Canadian premiere of the highly anticipated flick "The Hunger Games," and three of its biggest stars walked the red carpet at the event in Toronto, drawing in huge crowds.

Josh Hutcherson ("Journey to the Center of the Earth," "Detention"), Liam Hemsworth (TV's "The Elephant Princess," "The Last Song"), and Vancouver native Alexander Ludwig ("Race to Witch Mountain," "The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising"), who will attend the Vancouver premiere tomorrow, were all on hand to meet with fans, sign autographs, and take pictures at the Scotiabank Theatre. The media also hounded the trio.

"The Hunger Games" is a post-apocalyptic trilogy set in a future where the Capitol selects a boy and girl from the twelve districts to fight to the death on live television – Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence of "X-Men: First Class" fame) volunteers to take her younger sister's place for the latest match.

"It really makes it all worth it when you get to go out and meet up with people who are so passionate about the project," Hutcherson said in an interview to The Canadian Press just prior to the premiere. "In the past my experience with Canadian fans has been great – they've always seemed to be very excited and very gung-ho."

"The Hunger Games," much like the "Harry Potter" series, is a literary hit, with "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" rounding out the trilogy – the books spent more than 180 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

"The Hunger Games" opens at theatres across Canada this Friday.