The first two entries in the Hunger Games film series weren’t exactly a laugh riot—what with that whole “children fighting to the death for the amusement of the rich and powerful in a highly militarized, fascist society” thing—but fighting for your life in the arena looks like a grand old time compared to what Katniss And The Gang face in the new trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. Following the events of last year’s Catching Fire, which set up a long-brewing revolution in Panem, with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss as the unwilling figurehead, Mockingjay goes full-on war picture, with all the explosions, martial drums, and portent-filled statements of doom that implies.
In addition to being the first full look at the film, which has been hyped and teased pretty much from the moment Catching Fire left theaters, the trailer is also notable for the brief glimpse it provides of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died during the filming of Mockingjay Part 2 (which is due next year). The addition of Hoffman’s Plutarch Heavensbee was one of the aspects that made Catching Fire a significant improvement over the first Hunger Games film, so it’s a promising sign that he’s back, and that his role in this film was reportedly completed before his death this past February. (Also promising: the return of Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence, who gave the series a much-needed injection of visual verve when he took over for Gary Ross on the second film.) Joining Hoffman as the co-target of Katniss’ insubordination and scorn is Julianne Moore as President Coin, the inscrutable leader of the District 13 rebellion. Take a look:
The trail of the tape
Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1
Director: Francis Lawrence
Screenwriters: Danny Strong, Peter Craig
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Release date: November 21, 2014
The entire trailer on one line of dialogue: “I never wanted any of this.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Things look pretty grim all around—even Elizabeth Banks’ Effie Trinket has lost her signature razzle-dazzle—and it’s safe to expect they won’t look better at the end of Mockingjay Part 1. A lot of people—our own Tasha Robinson included—compared Catching Fire’s daring, downer ending to that of The Empire Strikes Back, but based on the book Mockingjay is adapting, audiences should expect even less in the way of uplift at the conclusion of Part 1.