If past performance and fan anticipation are any indicators, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 is going to be one of the biggest movies of the year. Considering its predecessor was the highest grossing film last year, anything less will be a serious disappointment for Lionsgate. We’re still three months out, but promotion is starting to trickle in, including a new photo of heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), and director Francis Lawrence has been talking about his upcoming film.
Based on the final book in Suzanne Collins’ young adult trilogy, Mockingjay takes a different approach than the previous two installments. While those narratives are based around the teenage battle-to-the-death theatrics of the Hunger Games, setting up the idea of rebellion in the futuristic nation of Panem, this chapter is where all of that pressure comes to a head.