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LOS ANGELES (KTLA) -- Move over, Twilight! There's a new blockbuster movie that has fans in a frenzy!

The best-selling series The Hunger Games has taken the leap from novel to the big screen.

The movie's stars, including Donald Sutherland and Jennifer Lawrence, filled the black carpet for Monday night's premiere in downtown L.A.

The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic nation where children are forced to fight to the death on live television as punishment for a past uprising.

Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, fights in the ring alongside Katniss Everdeen, the film's heroine, played by Lawrence.

"I've never really had to be on the verge of death before," Hutcherson told KTLA at the premiere.

"You kind of have to make sure that's at the forefront of your mind when you're acting. Everything else sort of comes secondary to living."

Fans of the hit series say they couldn't be more excited to see the movie.

Hundreds of screaming fans lined the black carpet outside the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live.

Some even camped out for a chance to get inside the screening.

The first 400 fans in line at 6 a.m. Sunday were allowed into the space outside the Nokia Theater.

The fans set up tents, sleeping bags and folding chairs overnight Sunday.

They received wristbands on Monday morning to attend the premiere.

Several cast members, including Lawrence, made a surprise visit on Sunday.

They signed autographs and posed for photos with the waiting fans.

"I knew people were camping out, and I couldn't not come," the 21-year-old said in an interview.

"When the first 'Harry Potter' came out, I would have camped out -- absolutely. By the time I was 13, I had read the book three times. If I grew up in England, I would have been that person."

The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23.

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