The tale of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and her role in Panem's rebellion against The Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) draws to a close on the big screen, in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. Picking up where Mockingjay - Part 1 left off, this new chapter finds Katniss having accepted her role as someone for the districts of Panem to rally around and follow into battle against the tyrannical Snow and his forces. Victory now lies within their grasp... but the war is far from over.
Catching Fire and Mockingjay - Part 1 director Francis Lawrence also called the shots on Mockingjay - Part 2, drawing from a screenplay penned by the same duo that wrote Part 1 (Peter Craig and Danny Strong). Returning alongside Jennifer Lawrence are the Hunger Games franchise mainstays Elizabeth Banks, Josh Hutchinson, Willow Shields, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson, along with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman and Julianne Moore (who debuted as President Alma Coin in Mockingjay - Part 1).
Lionsgate debuted the second theatrical trailer for Mockingjay - Part 2 at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, but the theatrical preview is now online for everyone to watch. The first Mockingjay trailer teased the build-up to Katniss and the Panem resistance's assault on The Capitol, whereas this new preview is more action-packed and reveals more about the various sadistic traps (set up by past Hunger Games gamemakers) that've been set up around The Capitol, as a defense against invasions. Those defenses includes mutant creatures, as can be glimpsed in the above video.
New additions for Mockingjay - Part 2 include Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) and Michelle Forbes (True Blood, The Killing) as militaristic leaders for the Panem resistance. Meanwhile, Mockingjay - Part 1 characters such as Boggs (Mahershala Ali) and Cressida (Natalie Dormer) are expected to play key supporting roles in Part 2, and possibly get a bit more screen time here, as a result.
Mockingjay - Part 1 was another commercial success for the Hunger Games movie franchise, though in general the film (based on the first half of Suzanne Collins' source novel) was criticized for offering too much of a slow burn viewing experience, as the lead-in to the final installment. Therefore, the concern is that Mockingjay - Part 2 will overcompensate for that by providing too much of a non-stop, action-driven, climax to the story of Katniss.
So far, though, the trailers have indicated that Mockingjay - Part 2 will offer its fair share of character development and political intrigue (like the previous installments), both before and after the final battle fully kicks into gear. As such, there's good reason to believe this film will conclude the central Hunger Games saga on a strong note.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 20th, 2015.