The Hunger Games franchise has already taken almost a billion quid at the global box office so no surprise they’ve pulled a Twilight and turned the final book of Suzanne Collins’ 65 million copy selling trilogy into two films. Expectation ramped with a teaser trailer soundtracked by Lorde, who we’re hyped to hear is curating the music for the film. Here’s are nine other things we’re expecting from the film, out in November.
The Hunger Games franchise has already taken almost a billion quid at the global box office so no surprise they’ve pulled a Twilight and turned the final book of Suzanne Collins’ 65 million copy selling trilogy into two films. Expectation ramped with a teaser trailer soundtracked by Lorde, who we’re hyped to hear is curating the music for the film. Mockingjay Part 1 hits cinemas November 21.
After acing a tricky middle act with Catching Fire the threequel is in safe hands with Francis Lawrence. The helmer worked with Lady GaGa on her Bad Romance video and made his name directing Keanu Reeves as Constantine and Will Smith in I Am Legend so knows how to handle the action this instalment is set to deliver.
Alma Coin – the president of District 13 – finally takes a bow played by Oscar-nominee Julianne Moore who says, “Coin is very sparingly drawn because you don’t know who she is because she’s only spoken about through Katniss’ point of view. And Katniss immediately mistrusts her in the way a young person will mistrust an older person who is not familiar to them or in a position of authority.”
The Mockingjay book isn’t a slow burn so expect action from the kick off in the movie adaption. We don’t know yet where the first part of the finale will end and the second will begin but knowing the source material you can expect a bigger body count than Harry Potter’s send off.
Effie Trinket hardly appears in Suzanne Collins’ original Mockingjay book but fans of Elizabeth Banks’ quirky control freak character with the cool wardrobe needn’t worry as Collins told the director, “There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.”
Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss faces her biggest challenge yet. The film’s producer revealed: “She’s a foreigner in a strange land… People are looking to her to make a change, she realises she can’t stand by and do nothing. Snow has done too much. There has been too much deception, and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.”
Get ready to savour Philip Seymour Hoffman’s final role. Completed before he passed away in February the Oscar winner doesn’t just play a part he inhabits the role. Lawrence says we can expect another great performance. “This is the movie where Phil shows us who he really is… hitting on Plutarch’s sense of humour and political manoeuvring.”
Woody Harrelson’s grizzled charm elevates every scene he’s in. The True Detective star says he was “profoundly impacted” by the books and returns as Katniss’ boozing mentor Haymitch Abernathy. The Zombieland actor once took magic mushrooms with his Cheers co-star Ted Danson and the environmentalist and self-confessed hippy brings a mischievous unpredictability to The Hunger Games.
Liam Hemsworth proved his action chops in Stallone’s The Expendables 2 but he didn’t have that much to do in Catching Fire though expect to see a lot more of Gale in Mockingjay. With Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta captured by President Snow he’ll be spending a bunch more quality time with Katniss.
Sam Claflin returns with Finnick O’Dair facing a dark journey. The Brit actor reveals: “It starts in a very distressing place for him, in the beginning of Mockingjay. He just goes on a hellish journey.” Shocking revelations will be revealed in Peter Craig (The Town) and Danny Strong’s (The Butler) screenplay about the characters past as one of President Snow’s slaves.