The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
|The Hunger Games: Mockingjay –
U.S. release poster
|Directed by||Francis Lawrence|
|Produced by||Nina Jacobson
|Screenplay by||Danny Strong
by Suzanne Collins
Philip Seymour Hoffman
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
|Edited by||Alan Edward Bell
|Budget||$250 million (shared with Part 2)|
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is an upcoming 2014 American science fiction adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the first of two cinematic parts based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, and the third installment in The Hunger Games film series, produced by Nina Jacobson and Jon Kilik and distributed by Lionsgate. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It is the sequel to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and will be followed by the concluding entry, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.
The story continues to follow Katniss Everdeen who, after escaping the Third Quarter Quell, becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for the nation of Panem. Principal photography for both parts of the film began on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta, before moving to Paris for two weeks of filming and officially concluding on June 20, 2014 in Berlin, Germany.
Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) finds herself in District 13 after she literally shatters the Games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage.
- A seventeen year old from District 12 and victor of the 74th Hunger Games, she becomes a reluctant hero and symbol of hope for the nation after escaping the third Quarter Quell in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. On her character, Lawrence said, "She's in a different world. She wakes up in District 13 and she has to adjust to a completely new life." Director Francis Lawrence said that her character now compared to the previous film is just "ratcheted up" and that "she's panicked, and she can't sleep. She's barely able to hold it together." On her relationships with the other characters, he said that Katniss "feels betrayed by Haymitch and by Plutarch. She also feels lost without Peeta" and that because of that "she's very, very fragile and very, very angry." Screenwriter Peter Craig said that "everyone is waiting for her, hoping that she is alive. They're banking on her to change the world. It's both high anxiety-provoking and exhilarating to follow her as she tries to understand what is going on - and takes on this new identity outside of the arena." Producer Nina Jacobson says that "emotionally, Katniss is betrayed. She’s a foreigner in a strange land. She knows that people are looking to her to make a change, and this is the time where she realizes 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."
- Joint victor of the 74th Hunger Games, he is captured at the end of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and he "loses his mind" after being tortured. Hutcherson says that he's "always thought that the arc that Peeta takes is really incredible throughout the whole series" and that Peeta's character arc, "from the beginning he’s such a vulnerable young lad, and into the literally tortured, inflicted kind of PTSD-suffering person that he becomes in Mockingjay is kind of incredible." Cast member Jeffrey Wright said he's interested to see Peeta's journey realised "because he essentially plays a guy, a warrior who's trying to deal with PTSD and among other things.
- Katniss's best friend from District 12 and now a soldier in District 13. He is one of the few hundred survivors after the bombings of his district. Hemsworth said on Gale's role in comparison to the previous films, “I mean Gale has the majority of his stuff is (sic) in the third book and it’s when you get to see him standing up to it all. You see bits and pieces of it through the first two [books], of how passionate he is about it, and he gets to sink his teeth in in the third one. Gale is a big part of the uprising"
- A paunchy, middle-aged man and an alcoholic, he is one of the only three victors from District 12. Now under the command of District 13, he is forced to go under detox as they do not permit the consumption of alcohol. He is no longer trusted by Katniss after he breaks his promise of saving Peeta before her.
- Previously the Capitol-born chaperone and publicity representative for District 12 tributes during the Hunger Games, she is now a Capitol-born rebel in District 13. While her character does not make an appearance in the novel until the end, director Francis Lawrence reveals that he has expanded her role in the films, "She’s back! In the book, Fulvia basically replaces her. But how can anybody replace Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in these movies? When [author] Suzanne Collins saw Catching Fire, she called and one of the first things she said was, 'There’s no way Effie Trinket cannot be in the Mockingjay films.' Effie brings such warmth and fun and levity to these dark stories. She’s the fish out of water in this one and fans will love how she has adapted to the world of District 13." Producer Nina Jacobson adds that Effie's reasoning for helping the rebellion is "for personal reasons, not political reasons" and that "unlike Plutarch, she has to be convinced to help. She does not want to be part of the revolution."
- One of the leaders of the rebellion residing in District 13, he managed to pull the strings for the rebellion behind the scenes in the Capitol during the 75th Hunger Games by pretending to work for President Snow as the Head Gamemaker and helps Katniss and a few other tributes escape the arena. Hoffman says that, "his job becomes very different. The story becomes very different and everyone will see what happens.” Director Francis Lawrence explains that "not everybody who grows up in the Capitol is a bad person. This is the movie where Phil [Seymour Hoffman] shows us who he really is, and he is great in this movie, hitting on Plutarch's sense of humour and political manoeuvring." Hoffman had completely finished his filming for Part 1 before his death in February of 2014.
- The president of District 13 and the leader of the rebellion. Moore was a big fan of the book series and has "read all the books all the way through and I'm like, 'I want to be in this movie.' Clearly [Coin] was the only part I could play." Describing her character in the books, she 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 sometimes a young person will mistrust an older person who is not familiar to them or in position of authority." Director Francis Lawrence said "Coin’s singular vision to unite all of the districts in a massive rebellion is no small undertaking, especially when most of the districts have no idea that District 13 still exists. Her relationship with Katniss is very complicated as well, because Katniss is wary of everyone at this point. Julianne [Moore] has done an amazing job with helping to shape the character of Coin." Screenwriter Peter Craig says Moore's portrayal of Coin is filled with such "intelligence and warmth; anyone would want to be loyal to the character she has created.
- He is the tyrannical President of Panem and has an affinity for white roses. Sutherland compares Snow's dangerous battle with Katniss to a love affair, "because love affairs often start with people hating each other — the attraction is so deep and profound," he says. "This is going to go on until it all ends. Snow only gets better." Director Francis Lawrence says that "everything that happens in this story is driven by the antagonist, which is why President Snow is so vital, it gets very personal with these characters."
- Resident director from the Capitol, she flees alongside her camera crew and assistant, Messalla, to District 13 to join the rebellion in hopes of ending President Snow's control of Panem. Dormer shaved half her head for the role, but originally intended to shave her entire head. She said she discussed it [with Francis Lawrence] and I took the job on the premise that I would possibly shave my whole head. I’m actually really pleased that we went halfway because I think it’s more the Capitol… and that’s where Cressida comes from. She comes from the Capitol, so she’s got a stylized thing going on and now she’s turned rebel. I think it’s right for the character." On the similarities between Cressida and the character she plays on Game of Thrones, Margaery Tyrell, she said that Cressida "is employed by the rebellion in this modern capacity that we would recognize as PR and propaganda, winning over hearts and minds in the civil war. And yeah, what Margaery does is modern PR-stunting. So yes, there would be a similarity between the two characters, that they are astute at media manipulation."
- Trident wielding victor of the 65th Hunger Games, he escapes from the third Quarter Quell alongside Katniss and other tributes and seeks refuge in District 13. He is distressed, unhinged and is unable to focus on anything other than his girlfriend Annie Cresta, who was captured by the Capitol during the escape. Claflin said that Finnick since the last film has "been left in a very, very sad and upsetting place. He's lost his wife and he doesn't know on where she is. It starts in a very distressing place for him, in the beginning of Mockingjay. He just goes on a hellish journey." Director Francis Lawrence says on his casting that even though he "has the looks, the beauty, the athleticism, the charm," that it wasn't the deciding factor in Claflin's portrayal that sold him. It was "his emotional depth. Because I always knew where Finnick was going to go as a character, and what we were going to learn about him as the stories progressed, that drew me to Sam."
- President Snow's minister. His character does not appear in the books and is an addition to the adaptation. Knepper says during his audition he read for, but he knows that what he got is not what he'll end up doing, adding that "they [Lionsgate] are so secretive about this."
- District 7 victor who was captured by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire. She was also tortured while in captivity.
Additionally, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Jeffrey Wright, Meta Golding, Paula Malcomson all reprise their roles as Caesar Flickerman, Primrose Everdeen, Beetee Latier, Enobaria and Mrs. Everdeen respectively. Stef Dawson plays Annie Cresta (after having a cameo appearance in Catching Fire), Finnick's girlfriend from District 4 who is captured by the Capitol. Evan Ross plays Messalla, assistant director to Cressida. Gwendoline Christie portrays Commander Lyme, the leader of the rebellion in District 2 and Patina Miller portrays Commander Paylor, the leader of the rebellion in District 8. Mahershala Ali was cast as Boggs, Coin's right hand man, while Wes Chatham portrays Castor and Elden Henson plays his brother, Pollux, who is an avox, someone who had his tongue cut off by the Capitol.
On July 10, 2012, Lionsgate announced that novel Mockingjay will be split into two parts, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is set to be released on November 21, 2014 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 on November 20, 2015. Many directors, including Rian Johnson, Francis Lawrence and Alfonso Cuarón were considered for the job. On November 1, 2012, Lawrence, director of Catching Fire, announced he would return to direct both final parts in the series.
On December 6, 2012, Danny Strong announced that he would be writing the third and fourth films. On February 15, 2013 Lionsgate confirmed the script for Part 1 written by Strong, giving him permission to write Part 2. Later in August, Hemsworth also confirmed that shooting of the film will begin in September 2013.
On August 26, 2013, it was announced that actress Stef Dawson has joined cast and she will portray Annie Cresta. Lionsgate announced on September 13, 2013 that Julianne Moore has joined the cast of both Mockingjay's parts to play President Alma Coin. Over the next month, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Mahershala Ali, Wes Chatham, and Elden Henson joined the cast to play as Commander Lyme, Commander Paylor, Boggs, Castor, and Pollux, Lionsgate announced. There was a casting call for extras on September 23.
The shooting of the film began on September 23, 2013 in Atlanta and concluded on June 20, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Part 1 was filmed back-to-back with Part 2. In mid-October, the crews were spotted filming in Rockmart. The crew and cast took a break to promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and filming resumed on December 2, 2013. On December 14, 2013 shooting took place at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta. On December 18, shooting began at Caldwell Tanks in Newnan, Georgia.
Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee in the film, died on February 2, 2014 in New York. Lionsgate released a statement stating that Hoffman had completed filming his scenes for Part 1 prior to his death.
On April 18, 2014, producer Nina Jacobson tweeted that filming in Atlanta had just wrapped up, followed by a tweet by director Francis Lawrence on the next day about moving production to Europe. It was announced that they would be filming battle scenes in Paris and at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. They began filming in the streets of Paris on May 7, where Lawrence and Hemsworth were spotted during the filming of some scenes among extras.
On May 9, it was reported that filming was taking place in Noisy le Grand, Paris where Lawrence, Hemsworth, Hutcherson and Claflin were spotted on the set which re-created the world of Panem. It is the same location where Brazil was filmed 30 years ago.
Tim Palen, the head of marketing for Lionsgate said, “When we started, we decided to look at this as one big movie that’s eight hours long. Otherwise, it’s going to be kind of overwhelming to do a new campaign for each movie.” He also added that he saw the biggest potential in international growth and that they matched Iron Man 3 domestically, but were aiming to improve internationally for the two Mockingjay films. He revealed in an interview with Variety that there will be reveals of the marketing campaign at the Cannes Film Festival in May and San Diego Comic Con in July.
On May 14, 2014 TheHungerGamesExclusive.com was launched. It featured three stills from the movie, featuring Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jeffrey Wright with an additional behind-the-scenes still of director Francis Lawrence and Mahershala Ali. The website also featured other content, including a short GIF image of Julianne Moore as President Coin and a video interview with Moore. There was also an in-depth interview with director Francis Lawrence, producer Nina Jacobson and screenwriter Peter Craig. A page from the script of Part 1 was also released in addition to a motion poster, with the tagline, "Fire burns brighter in the darkness."
On May 17, 2014, whilst principal photography was underway in Paris, some of the cast and crew including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Francis Lawrence and Nina Jacobson attended the Cannes Film Festival for a photocall and party bash to excite international investors. Co-chairman of Lionsgate Rob Friedman said in response to why they would incur such big expense even though the film isn't actually playing at the festival that it was convenient as the cast were in Europe already and that "it's a big opportunity for our international distributors to actually hear what the worldwide plans are for the film, which opens in November. Cannes is the best publicity opportunity from an international penetration perspective."
Kabam announced their partnership with Lionsgate, to create a mobile game based on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 to tie in with the film's release. Kabam will produce an exclusive role playing, card collection mobile game. In the game, players assume the identity of District members sent on a mission in order to build their alliance, liberate their District, and rebuild Panem. "Lionsgate has an unparalleled track record of developing and producing blockbuster movie franchises like The Hunger Games," said Kabam Chief Operating Officer Kent Wakeford. "Partnering with Lionsgate, Kabam will build a mobile game that's as much fun to play as the movie is to watch. The game will be developed in Kabam's China studio, the same place where the hit movie based game The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was created and went on to generate more than $100 million in revenue during its first year.
The film was not listed on the schedule for San Diego Comic-Con International 2014 which raised questions on their absence by fans and the press. Lionsgate announced on July 18, 2014, a week before the event that the film will have a presence at the convention. Lionsgate have partnered up with Samsung to debut the first teaser trailer on Samsung's new Galaxy Tab S at the convention on Friday, July 25, which is being hosted off-site at the Hard Rock Hotel. The partnership allows Samsung users to view the trailer before the online release, download the first two movies for free as well as be given a free complimentary ticket to the movie. On July 28th, the teaser trailer officially debuted online through the movie's official Facebook page and YouTube account. A full worldwide official trailer was released on September 15.
A viral marketing campaign began on June 21, 2014 with the return of TheCapitol.PN a "government" website for Panem which was used throughout the promotion for the previous two films. In conjunction with Yahoo and their new partnership with Tumblr, they released the 'District Heroes Collection' which featured several posters representing seven of the thirteen districts in Panem. The website opened registrations for "citizens of Panem" to register with their email to receive updates for Capitol TV.
On June 25, TheCapitol.PN viral site released a video titled "President Snow's Address - 'Together As One'" featuring a speech by Donald Sutherland, in character as President Snow addressing the citizens of Panem and warning them that if they fight the system, they will be the ones to face the repercussions. The video also briefly features Josh Hutcherson, in character as Peeta Mellark, who at the final events of the previous film was taken hostage by the Capitol. The video went viral on YouTube becoming the most watched trailer during the last week of June in the US whilst trending as the most "Popular Video on YouTube" in Australia and Canada. The video, billed as a teaser trailer, was attached to screenings of Transformers: Age of Extinction beginning June 28.
Two weeks later on July 9, Capitol TV released a second viral video titled 'President Snow's Address - Unity' featuring again another speech by President Snow with Peeta Mellark standing beside him, but this time accompanied by Jena Malone in character as Johanna Mason, who was also captured by the Capitol at the end of the previous film and a group of peacekeepers. The speech, however, was interrupted by Jeffrey Wright, in character as Beetee Latier, a technician from District 13 to announce that "the Mockingjay lives." Within minutes, #TheMockingjayLives and '#2 - Unity' became the top two trending topics worldwide on Twitter.
On July 24, 2014, shortly before the trailer's official release, a teaser poster for the movie was posted on The Capitol's Instagram account, but was quickly deleted. Shortly after the removal of the poster, the account issued an apology "[for the] technical issues", presenting the poster's posting as a hack from the District 13 rebellions. On July 28th, the teaser trailer officially debuted online through the movie's official Facebook page and YouTube account, within minutes, #MockingjayTeaserTrailerToday, #OurLeadertheMockingjay, and #OfficialTeaserTrailer became trending topics worldwide on Twitter.
On August 6, 2014 after few clues given on the official Facebook page www.district13.co.in was launched. The website introduced new posters for the District 13 characters including Beetee, Coin, Plutarch, Finnick, Haymitch and Effie.
Lionsgate will release the second part of the Mockingjay adaptation on November 20, 2015.
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