‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′ Trailer: The Rebellion Begins

Published 9 months ago by , Updated August 7th, 2014 at 8:33 am,

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.)

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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.

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  1. Katniss looks so broken. :( Hopefully Jennifer Lawrence will be able to pull off Katniss’s intense PTSD in Mockingjay.

    • Jennifer pulled that off already in CF and if it was a lesser actress I would have been worried but Jennifer is going to nail it.

      • It’s kind of difficult to imagine Jennifer Lawrence not portraying Katniss with as much caliber as she has done like in the two previous movies. She has the ability to express so much emotion. I think her performance in these two movies might be award-nomination worthy. Maybe not by ‘Oscar-standards’ but definitely by others.

  2. Mockingjay is my favourite book in the trilogy, is where Suzanne Collins explodes the themes she wanted to point out. The “weak” part for some people, it’s because it’s told from Katniss point of view, and she’s clearly damaged and traumatized at this point, so she’s not involved in many of the events, she’s just informed about them. But there is where these movies are going to be great, because of the different POV , like President Snow’s. I can tell from the teaser, this is going to be awesome…

    Trust me, these movies are going to benefit a lot with the division.

    -Fire Burns Brighter in the Darkness-

  3. I have absolutely no idea why they split this into two movies. The book was uneventful as it is and skimmed over the entire rebellion (I’m not sure Suzanne Collins knows exactly how to write one because the entire war between the Capital and the Districts was extremely one sided). They better expand the story, rather than have Part 1 be about nothing. Otherwise this might just end up screwing up like The Hobbit, Deathly Hallows Part 1, or a million times worse, Breaking Dawn. (Note, I actually like the Hobbit films and Deathly Hallows Part 1 despite their gaping flaws).

    • Easy. They are trying to milk as much money as they can from the audience. I wouldn’t be surprised if the movies made over a billion dollars each. And when you look at it from the movie studio perspective, their objective is to make money. So the best way to maximize their profits is to split the movie into two parts. I would do the same if I owned a movie studio.

      • A few of a friends of mine and I have skipped the hobbit movies because of the greed factor. I wonder if anyone would skip this. Never read any of the books.

        • I doubt that there will be a lot of people not go see the movie due to greed. I guarantee you that it will make over $150 million on opening weekend. I don’t mind if they split the movie into two, as long as the movie turns out to be good, which looks like it will.

  4. Omigod I forgot this was a two parter…

  5. I got chills watching Phillip S. Hoffman on screen again. R.I.P

  6. Must. Resist. Making. Snarky. Comments. About. The. Plot. And. Setting.


    Hey, look, Lawrence looks hot. Also Hoffman.

    I tried. I really did.

  7. This book followed this formula:

    1. Katniss recovers from an injury in a hospital bed
    2. Katniss trains for battle while whining about a boy
    3. Katniss goes to a battle to be a symbol
    4. Katniss does something heroic/stupid and gets hurt
    5. GOTO #1

    For those of you who never read the book…that is it in a nutshell. The only thing that changes is in the third act, which tries to mirror the tension and emotion of the games, but ends up accomplishing nothing. Katniss could have stayed in her hospital bed, and the third act would have played out EXACTLY THE SAME.

    I hope they find a way to improve these two movies from the book, because if not, it will ruin the good that came before, just as it did in paper.

  8. I am excited for this movie. I personally thought Mockingjay was my favorite book in the trilogy and I am really hoping they do these movies right. I am also hoping the first movie will go into what happens to Peeta and Joanna in the Capitol. So excited!

  9. Perhaps I’m missing something, because I haven’t read the books, and perhaps the trailer shows unrelated scenes cut together… but what exactly is the point of those guys climbing the trees when a horde of soldiers with automated weapons is after them? Are they suicidal?

    • A trap maybe? Set up? It’s a trailer. I thought we all agreed spoilers in trailers blows.

      • Not much of a trap when people can see you climb up there. It’s ridiculous, is what I’m getting at. ;)