Now that Interstellar is out of the way, next up on the blockbuster sci-fi movie docket is The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, the beginning of the end for the lucrative teen dystopia franchise. Even if you wanted to ignore this film, you’d have to go to some extreme lengths, because the marketing is everywhere, all over your computer and your TV and it won’t surprise us if they commence with the skywriting campaign before too long. And her are two more pieces of that promotional puzzle, a new TV spot and a clip along with an interview with some key members of the cast.
New is a bit of a misnomer for this TV ad. There is some fresh footage, but overall it’s damn near indistinguishable from the many you’ve already seen come down the pipe. You get a quick look at Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) new digs in District 13, some quick moments of high action, and a reminder that the nefarious President Snow (Donald Sutherland) plans to make the heroine suffer by tormenting everyone and everything she holds dear. That’s pretty much par for the course as far at The Hunger Games goes.
And as if all of that isn’t bad enough, Katniss is in the middle of an awkward love triangle with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth), which always complicates things just a little bit more. While there is all kinds of tension on screen, the three actors are all buddies in real life, and you see some of that chemistry in this video. The trio stopped by Good Morning America for an interview and to deliver a new clip to the masses.
While they have an obvious affection for one another, the clip is all about driving home the romantic problems, as well as providing the impetus for a big narrative push. When Katniss is rescued from the Hunger Games arena at the end of the last film, Catching Fire, Peeta is left behind. One of the things she’s dealing with is survivors guilt because she thinks he died rescuing her, but as she learns in this clip, he’s very much alive, and being used by the Capital as a propaganda tool. His situation parallels her own, where the powers that be in District 13 are more interested in her as the public face of the burgeoning revolution rather than her well being.
Learning that Peeta is alive kicks off Katniss’ efforts to rescue him that form much of the action of Mockingjay. It also causes increased tension between her and Gale, as Peeta coming back into the picture is bad news for her childhood friend.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opens everywhere on November 21, while Part 2 follows a year later on November 20, 2015.