03/19/2012 04:22 pm ET Updated May 19, 2012

'Hunger Games' Clip: Katniss Says Goodbye To Gale (VIDEO)

"The Hunger Games" finally arrives in theaters on Friday! If you can't wait to see what the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins's best-selling book, though, here's some good news: an exclusive new clip of Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth) saying goodbye after the Reaping.

"I had a very strong sense when I saw 'Winter's Bone' that Jennifer Lawrence was going to be the right person," director Gary Ross told Moviefone about his casting process. "And then when I met Jen, I was even more convinced. She just sort of blew me away. So it was an easy decision."

You can get a sense of why Lawrence blew Ross away in the clip above, but don't sleep on Hemsworth; he's got just the right amount of nobility and toughness to play Gale.

"The Hunger Games" is in theaters on Friday. Check back to Moviefone all week for more on the highly anticipated film.