Lionsgate/Summit has been teasing the premiere of the first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 at the 2014 International Comic-Con festivities (which are currently underway in San Diego). Now, following the release of two viral teasers, we have a proper one-minute promo for the film – one which you can now watch online (see above).
Mockingjay – Part 1, as teased in the first trailer, focuses on Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) becoming a symbol for the growing organized rebellion within the districts of Panem against the iron-fisted Capitol and its leader, President Snow (Donald Sutherland). Among other things, the footage here provides a sneak peek at several key figures who are part of the revolution – including, Plutarch Heavensbee, who was introduced in Catching Fire and plays a more prominent role in the Mockingjay films (despite actor Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death earlier this year).
In addition, this preview also provides us with a quick look at such franchise newcomers as Julianne Moore playing President Coin – shown here talking with Plutarch about whether Katniss is stable enough after her experiences in the Hunger Games arena(s) to serve as a leader for the revolution – and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) as Cressida, a rebel who boasts a pretty snazzy ‘do to boot. In general, however, it seems as though Mockingjay – Part 1 will be focusing on the buildup to the figurative storm that finally breaks out during Part 2. (At least, that’s the direction the trailer is leaning towards.)
Suzanne Collins’ Mockingjay source novel is often cited as being the weakest entry in her original Hunger Games book trilogy, even by hardcore fans; in part, that might be because the story (as written by Collins) is more befitting of a movie, rather than a novelistic narrative. Either way, it would appear that screenwriter Danny Strong (The Butler) and director Francis Lawrence (back after Catching Fire) will breakup the final Hunger Games book’s story in a manner that recalls how Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was adapted into two separate films.
Whether the overall reaction to both Mockingjay features will be more evenly positive than it was for the last two installments in the Harry Potter and Twilight series – the franchises that popularized this “splitting the last book” trend – remain to be seen. Until then, be sure and weigh in with your thoughts on the Mockingjay – Part 1 teaser, in the comments section below.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st, 2014.