Later this year, The Hunger Games will continue it’s cinematic domination when it unveils the first chapter of the two-film finale, Mockingjay-Part 1. If this film follows in the footsteps of its predecessor Catching Fire, the highest grossing film of 2013—the first female fronted movie to accomplish this feat in four decades—it is going to be one hell of a big deal. The studio has unveiled a new interactive website—thehungergamesexclusive.com—that offers your first look at the film.
One of the key additions to the next movie is Julianne Moore’s character President Alma coin. She is the leader of District 13 in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem, which the other 12 districts and the citizens of the Capital think was destroyed in an earlier uprising. That’s obviously not the case. While she wants to take down the evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland), her motives aren’t exactly altruistic, and she certainly doesn’t have Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) best interests at heart.
The site offers your first look at her, and you won’t be the first one to remark that she bears more than a passing resemblance to Rogue from X-Men, a more grown up version to be sure, but still the similarity is remarkable. There is also a brief interview with Moore, sporting her natural red locks, where she talks about the radical nature of the books, which are based on Suzanne Collins’ trilogy of young adult novels.
There’s a look at Moore with her late co-star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, who plays Plutarch Heavensbee, the head gamemaker who helps Katniss escape in Catching Fire. Hoffman, of course, passed away earlier this year. Much speculation has surrounded how the films will fill out his role, which was left incomplete after his death. People have supposed that they would use CGI to fit him into scenes, but director Frances Lawrence has stated that won’t happen. He said, “We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him.”
In addition to the Coin-centric material, there is a Q&A session with some of the filmmakers for you to peruse, as well as a short scene from the script for you to read. The other big feature is a new motion poster to check out that is a nice little touch. It starts out with flames that form into the Katniss’ trademark mockingjay logo, the primary image from the series that becomes a emblem of the revolution. We’re already two movies deep, but I still can’t look at that thing and not think of the Burger King log.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 opens everywhere November 21, with Part 2 to follow a year later.