The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2

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The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay – Part 2
Mockingjay Part 2 Poster.jpg
Teaser poster
Directed by Francis Lawrence
Produced by Nina Jacobson
Jon Kilik
Screenplay by Danny Strong
Peter Craig[1]
Based on Mockingjay 
by Suzanne Collins
Music by James Newton Howard
Cinematography Jo Willems
Edited by Alan Edward Bell
Mark Yoshikawa
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release dates
  • November 20, 2015 (2015-11-20)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $125 million[2]

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is an upcoming 2015 war adventure film directed by Francis Lawrence with a screenplay by Peter Craig and Danny Strong. It is the second of two cinematic parts based on the novel Mockingjay, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins, and the fourth and final 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, Robert Knepper, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman (in his final film role), and Donald Sutherland. It is the sequel to the first part of the Mockingjay adaptation, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which was released on November 21, 2014.

Principal photography on 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.[3]

Part 2 is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015 in the United States in the IMAX 3D format as well as regular 3D and 2D.[4][5]


With the nation of Panem in a full-scale war, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to liberate the citizens of Panem, and stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games as she realizes the stakes are no longer just for survival – they are for the future. [5]




On July 10, 2012, Lionsgate announced that the film adaptation of Mockingjay would be split into two parts; The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released on November 21, 2014, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was set for a release on November 20, 2015.[10] On November 1, 2012, Francis Lawrence, director of Catching Fire, announced he would return to direct both final parts in the series.[11]

On December 6, 2012, Danny Strong announced that he would be writing the third and fourth films.[12] On February 15, 2013, Lionsgate approved the script for Part 1 and gave Strong permission to write that of Part 2.[13] In August, Hemsworth confirmed that shooting of the film would begin the following month.[14]

The film's production began on September 16, 2013, in Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.[15] On November 13, 2013, producer Nina Jacobson revealed that Peter Craig was also hired to write the adaptations.[16]


On September 16, 2013, Lionsgate announced that actress Lily Rabe had joined the cast in the role of Commander Lyme.[17] During this time, there was also a casting call for extras.[18] Rabe subsequently had to leave the film due to a scheduling conflict with the 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.[19] On April 4, 2014, it was announced that she would be replaced by Gwendoline Christie.[6]

Filming scenes for District 2 at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in May 2014.


Shooting for the film began on September 23, 2013, in Atlanta and concluded on June 20, 2014, in Berlin, Germany; the two parts were filmed back-to-back.[20] In October 2013, filming took place in Rockmart, Georgia.[21] After taking a break to promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, filming resumed on December 2, 2013. On December 14, 2013, shooting was held at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta.[22] On December 18, shooting began at Caldwell Tanks in Newnan, Georgia.[23]

Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee, died on February 2, 2014. At the time of his death, he had completed filming his scenes for Part 1, and had a week left of shooting for Part 2; Lionsgate thereafter released a statement affirming that since the majority of Hoffman's scenes had been completed, the release date for Part 2 would not be affected.[24][25] It was initially announced that Hoffman would be digitally recreated for a major scene involving his character that was yet to be shot.[26][27] In October 2014, Francis Lawrence revealed that there was no intention to "fake a performance", and stated that he had rewritten Hoffman's two remaining scenes to compensate for the actor's absence; Lawrence confirmed that there would be "no digital manipulation or CG fabrication of any kind."[28]

On April 18, 2014, Nina Jacobson announced that filming in Atlanta had completed;[29] the next day, Francis Lawrence announced that production would be moving to Europe.[30][31] It was also announced that battle scenes would be filmed in Paris and at Berlin Tempelhof Airport in Berlin.[32][33] Filming began on May 7 in the streets of Paris, where Jennifer Lawrence and Hemsworth were spotted while filming scenes among extras.[34]

On May 9, filming took place in Noisy le Grand, Paris, where Jennifer Lawrence, Hutcherson, and Claflin were seen on the set.[35] It is the same location where Brazil (1985) was filmed 30 years earlier.[36]

Toward the end of May, the cast and crew shot scenes at several locations in Berlin and Brandenburg, Germany. In Rüdersdorf, Brandenburg, the crew shot scenes for the portrayal of District Eight in an old cement factory. Hemsworth was injured on the set and was brought to a doctor in Berlin borough Mitte.[37] Scenes for District Two were shot at Berlin Tempelhof Airport, with Lawrence and Hutcherson seen on set.[38] A German casting agency sought 1,000 extras of foreign nationality (African, Asian, Southern-European, and Turkish) and "lived faces" to shoot scenes at the Babelsberg Film Studio.[39]


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 is scheduled to be released on November 20, 2015 in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD 3D, and IMAX. This will be the only film of the series to be globally released in 3D formats (the previous film was released in 3D in China[40]). It will be the third film in the franchise to be released in IMAX following the first and the second film with the exception of the third film.[41]


Along with the film's first teaser poster,[42] Lionsgate released a teaser trailer on March 18, 2015, titled The Hunger Games Franchise Logo - Remember featuring the transformation of the Mockingjay along with notable quotes from the previous three movies as well as a quote from the new film.[43] The teaser was also played at screenings of Lionsgate's The Divergent Series: Insurgent. Scott Mendelson of Forbes noted the similarity of the teaser with that of The Dark Knight‍ '​s (2008) teaser which also features just an animated logo of the film and select dialogue.[44]

Potential sequel or prequel[edit]

Though the Hunger Games franchise consists of only three novels (which are adapted in four films), on February 6, 2015, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that they were "actively looking at some development and thinking about prequel and sequel possibilities" for the Hunger Games franchise. He said that they were willing to do what Warner Bros. was doing with the Harry Potter franchise (2001–2011) to re-introduce it with the upcoming films Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016–2020).[45]


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