After sitting out two propagandistic teasers, Jennifer Lawrence finally pops up here as Katniss, sporting her arrows and embracing her role as a symbol, though based on her expression, it's not an easy role to fill. Whether or not she can, in fact, fill the role is debated throughout this teaser, which Lionsgate debuted on Samsung Galaxy Tab® S phones and in Best Buy stores during Comic-Con.
Whether or not Katniss is actually capable of filling the role is debated by Plutarch Heavensbee (the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). A new character, Alma Coin is President of District 13 and the nominal leader of the rebellion. Though she's in direct opposition to President Snow (Donald Sutherland), Coin is also ruthlessly manipulative, and her efforts to exploit Katniss Everdeen's symbolic status suggest that perhaps Coin's motive aren't exactly altruistic.
So this teaser trailer finds Katniss once again between a rock and a hard place, forced by political imperatives to reluctantly play a role as the Capitol brutally suppresses dissent.
After Warner Bros. and Summit enjoyed great success cracking the last Harry Potter and Twilight novels into two blockbuster movies apiece, Lionsgate is employing the same approach with the Hunger Games series. This adaptation of the series' final novel by Suzanne Collins is split into two movies, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 arriving in theaters this November 21. Part 2 then finishes off the story in theaters a year later on November 20, 2015.
Francis Lawrence, who elevated the second film after taking over for The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross, is on board for the duration, directing Mockingjay as one huge production. The screenplay has seen contributions from Recount scribe Danny Strong and The Town co-writer Peter Craig.
Lawrence returns to the role that helped make her a star, joined once again by Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Toby Jones, and Willow Shields.
Moore's the biggest new addition to the cast this time around, but the teaser also provides our first look at Natalie Dormer as Cressida.
Here's the official synopsis:
The worldwide phenomenon of The Hunger Games continues to set the world on fire with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which finds Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in District 13 after she literally shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin (Julianne Moore) and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and a nation moved by her courage. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Danny Strong and Peter Craig and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the third in a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins that has over 65 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.