FILM: THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKING JAY Part 1
CAST: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, JOSH HUTCHERSON, LIAM HEMSWORTH, WOODY HARRELSON, ELIZABETH BANKS, JULIANNE MOORE, PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN, JEFFREY WRIGHT, STANLEY TUCCI, DONALD SUTHERLAND, NATALIE DORMER
DIRECTOR: FRANCIS LAWRENCE
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ is the highly-anticipated third instalment of the blockbuster phenomenon that blazed across movie screens around the globe. The story now accelerates to new levels as the futuristic chronicle of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) enters into a new realm. The Games may have been obliterated for good, but the fight to survive is about to intensify. Faced with the most daunting odds – and watched by the eyes of a hopeful nation – Katniss must put into motion courage, strength and empowerment against the all-powerful Capitol. This is the moment when she realizes she has no choice but to open her wings and fully embody the Mockingjay symbol. If only to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), she must become a leader.
The story begins again as Katniss has just been rescued from the destruction of the Quarter Quell.
She awakens in a shocking world she didn’t even know existed: the deep, dark underground of supposedly annihilated District 13. She quickly learns of the devastating reality she must face: District 12 has been turned to rubble; and Peeta is being held, manipulated and brainwashed by President Snow in The Capitol. At the same time, Katniss’s eyes are opened to a secret rebellion rapidly spreading from District 13 throughout all of Panem – a rebellion that will place her at the center of a daring plot to hack into The Capitol and turn the tables on President Snow.
‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ dives further into the fabric of Panem and into the story’s most powerful emotions as Katniss and the nation enter a harrowing, but transformative time. Explains returning director Francis Lawrence: “Emotionally, Katniss is like a foreigner in a strange land as this story begins. This is the time when she realizes she can’t stand by and do nothing. There has been too much deception and the people Katniss loves are in danger. She will do whatever it takes to keep them safe.”
The director continues: “The stakes have always been high in ‘The Hunger Games’, but now the entire world opens up. The Games themselves are gone, but threat of oppression now permeates all of Panem.
This chapter gave us a chance to reveal entirely new locations with amazing action sequences. It’s a gigantic movie.”
In her third turn as Katniss, Academy Award winner Jennifer Lawrence relished the chance to portray the character at this heightened juncture as she emerges from distress to take her first steps into leadership. “I was excited for Katniss to come into her own as a leader, but she’s still a very reluctant hero,” says Lawrence. “In the first movie she wanted to save her family. In the second, she tried to save her friends and herself. Now, she starts to realize the impact she has on the wider world and that she has a choice to lead this battle for what is right.”
That choice does not come easily for Katniss, who recoils at nearly every element of her new life: the militaristic order of District 13, the pressure to perform on cue, and the heart-wrenching reality of war.
Katniss remains hopeful that becoming the Mockingjay might truly change things.
As she takes on the public role of the Mockingjay, she is asked by President Coin [Julianne Moore] to appear in a series of “propos” – viral propaganda videos that District 13 uses to communicate with and inspire rebels across Panem.
“She goes into the propos feeling like a pawn, like the Mockingjay is just a symbol she’s not connected to or passionate about,” Lawrence says. “The whole idea of the propos is to get people fired up, to band together – so Katniss faking at being something that she’s not doesn’t work. It’s only when she sees the human cost in District 8 that a true spark is ignited. The more she sees, the more it becomes a personal fight for her.”
Lawrence was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Julianne Moore in the role of President Coin. “When I heard she was going to play Coin, it was the most exciting, unbelievable news in the world.
I think Julianne is one of the greatest actresses of all time, just absolutely phenomenal. She was even more impressive in person.
She is such a sweet family woman and also hilarious. Working with her was a dream come true,” says the star.