While there’s still a few months to go before the massive cliffhanger at the end of “Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1” is fully resolved, fans were given their first look at the final chapter in the franchise. The first trailer for “Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2” has arrived and it is action packed.
Many people questioned the wisdom of Lionsgate when it announced it would split Suzanne Collins’ book trilogy into four movies. However, it’s hard to argue with the payoff featured in the trailer. If “Part 1” was the movie of all talk and no action, “Part 2” looks like it will more than make up for it in the climactic bookend to the beloved series.
Jennifer Lawrence herself teased the release of the trailer on social media last week, and now the big day has finally arrived. With fans chomping at the bit to see as much of what “Mockingjay, Part 2” has in store for them, below is a rundown of all the things you might have missed in the first trailer.
It’s unclear if the trailer is doing its best to hide this fact, but book readers will note that it opens with what is obviously [SPOILER ALERT] the wedding between Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Annie Cresta (Stef Dawson). If you’ll recall, the first part of “Mockingjay” ended with Gale (Liam Hemsworth) leading a mission to rescue some of the Capitol’s more valuable hostages including Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Cresta. Now that he’s reunited with the woman he volunteered to enter the 75th Annual Hunger Games for, the two waste no time getting a wartime marriage ceremony together.
A New But Familiar Face
Wait, pause the video. Is that Gwendoline Christie? You bet it is. The actress who plays Brienne of Tarth on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” and who will soon play Captain Phasma in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” makes her debut in “Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” in the first trailer. She’ll play Commander Lyme, a former winner of the Hunger Games who allies with the rebellion to help bring District 2 against the Capitol. According to Variety, she took the part from actress Lily Rabe at the last minute when the latter of the two brushed up against scheduling conflicts. It’s hard to really explain her character’s significance to the story without giving away the ending, but keep your eyes on Christie in the upcoming movie.
“Mockingjay, Part 1” ended on the haunting image of a brainwashed Peeta thrashing around in his bed. He’d been rescued from the Capitol by forces with the rebellion only to reveal that President Snow (Donald Sutherland) had ordered him tortured beyond belief and reprogrammed into thinking he had to kill Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence). While the movie ended on a low note, with the new trailer comes hope. For a brief moment, you can see Peeta and Katniss hugging, the former of the two looking much healthier than the last time we saw him.
The Hunger Games
One thing that was significantly lacking in “Mockingjay, Part 1” was simply the Hunger Games. The first two movies had the benefit of a grand competition that pits character in a fight to the death all orchestrated by the manipulated environment built by the Capitol. However, now that the world of Panem is officially in complete disarray, that’s all in the past, right? Wrong.
According to the trailer, when Katniss launches her inevitable offensive against President Snow and the Capitol, it won’t just be guarded by armed Peacekeepers. As Snow ominously warns, the games are never over, and a wave of black ooze is the perfect reminder of that fact.
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