Hunger Games fans have been eagerly awaiting to hear more specifics about the upcoming Mockingjay film for months, and now director Francis Lawrence is finally talking. Though Lionsgate has released several buzzworthy teaser trailers in the past several months, details about the first installment of the two-part ending — including potential deviations from the book and where exactly the story will be divided — have been kept largely under wraps. Viewers are getting answers at last, though, thanks to Lawrence’s recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Mockingjay is the last of the smash hit YA series from Suzanne Collins. The book follows teen heroine Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) after she is rescued from her second stint in the Games and taken to District 13 by rebellion leaders. Still coming to terms with the demolition of her home, District 12, Katniss struggles in her new role as the reluctant face of a mass revolution against the Capitol.
“It’s a very confusing, conflicted, complicated time for Katniss,” Lawrence, who also directed 2013’s Catching Fire, explained to EW. “Having gone through the games one more time and having lost Peeta and having been run through the wringer, she’s even more damaged. So you find her in a more agitated place. She’s distraught, confused, angry.”
The last book of the trilogy is arguably the darkest, with Katniss still dealing with the emotional and mental aftermath of two rounds in the violent Games as she leads a huge portion of society into a full-fledged war. While much of the grittier scenes will likely take place in Part 2 of the Mockingjay films, Lawrence confirms we will see the beginning of the rebellion battle in Part 1 as well. “There’s definitely some battles,” he said. “There’s some of the first glimpses of real war in this movie. And the scale gets quite big.”