Now that The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is kicking ass at the box office, let’s look forward to November 2014 and the release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One. While the final installment of The Hunger Games film series will be split into two parts, the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, will hopwdully make sure audiences don’t miss a beat between parts one and two. The final book in author Suzanne Collins’ widely popular book series isn’t that much longer than the first Hunger Games and Catching Fire books, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Danny Strong will add to Mockingjay‘s film adaptation.
Lionsgate recently released the sequel’s official film synopsis, which clues us in on what will happen to Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorne after the events of Catching Fire. Once again, Katniss is at the center of the action, as war breaks out in the Capitol and all of Panem.
In Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2, we follow heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decipher for herself who she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
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In a recent interview, director Francis Lawrence revealed that the second part of Mockingjay would leave enough breathing room for the book’s epilogue. In The Hunger Games‘ epilogue, Katniss and Peeta return to District 12 after the war and the pair eventually marries. They have two unnamed children together, a boy and a girl.
Catching Fire‘s ending was a cliffhanger in the same vein as The Matrix: Reloaded. Katniss comes to the realization that becoming the face of the rebellion against the Capitol is more important to her life. The Capitol captures Peeta and Joanna Mason, as the events of the final moments of The Hunger Games, or Third Quarter Quell, were broadcast live to audiences through Panem. It’s going to be a long year before we find out what happens next.
After being disqualified in the Third Quarter Quell, Katniss Everdeen agrees to be the face of the newly materialized revolution against the Capitol. Gale Hawthorne rises to a leadership role, while Peeta Mellark continues to be a victim of President Snow’s brainwashing. While it’s unclear where in Mockingjay‘s story the first movie will end and the second will begin, a natural break in the story comes just before the rebels invade the Capitol.
Mockingjay stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Meta Golding, and will add Stef Dawson, Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, Lily Rabe, Patina Miller, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali to its new cast.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part One will hit theaters everywhere on November 21, 2014, while Mockingjay – Part Two will open on November 20, 2015. Both films will be presented in IMAX.