11:00 am EDT, December 6, 2012

‘Catching Fire’ star Josh Hutcherson stars in shirtless photos from Hawaii set

Excuse us while we temporarily drop our journalistic professionalism to emphasize that these latest photos off The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film set feature Josh Hutcherson, who plays Peeta, shirtless. On the beach.

In our first look at shirtless Peeta latest look at filming for the highly anticipated sequel, Hutcherson appears to be relaxing by playing some frisbee in between takes. We know he’s on the set because you’ll see that his right ear took some damage – presumably from nasty Tributes.

The tattoos on the actor are not Peeta’s, however. If shirtless Peeta does make his way onto the screen, you can bet those will be digitally removed.

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In an interview in August, Hutcherson said he was getting in better shape for filming compared to last time. “After the games, Peeta would have been taking care of himself physically. And he’s gone back to the village and is able to eat healthy,” said Hutcherson. “So I’ve been training and getting ready for that.”

In recent weeks we’ve seen excellent photos from the Catching Fire set including our first look at Jena Malone as Johanna Mason and Sam Claflin (Finnick), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta), and Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss). They are currently filming arena scenes in Hawaii, and production is expected to wrap by the end of December. Prior to being in the Aloha state, the cast and crew were shooting in Atlanta.

With Breaking Dawn – Part 2 in theaters last month, Lionsgate unveiled Catching Fire’s official animated logo. The film opens in theaters November 22, 2013. Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2 open in November 2014 and November 2015 respectively.

Photo source: Just Jared

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