Of course, most of those going to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 this weekend, will be there to see the continuing story of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, but this time around, she’s being joined by thousands who get behind her in the rebellion against the Capitol and President Snow.
In that sense, the third part in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ epic is more of an ensemble piece as a team is assembled around Katniss to help get the word out to the revolution forming among the districts. Joining her is the returning Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair, one of the few other survivors of the Quarter Quell, as well as Mahershala Ali as District 13’s head of security Boggs, and Natalie Dormer from “Game of Thrones” as Cressida, essentially a television producer responsible for creating propaganda films of Katniss to help stir up the rebellion.
ComingSoon.net attended the New York junket for the movie this past weekend, and in the video interviews below, you can see Claflin talking about the difference in making “Mockingjay” compared to “Catching Fire,” as well as the two other actors talk about joining the established cast in such a big movie franchise. While neither Claflin nor Ali played “Call of Duty” to prepare for their militaristic roles in the movie, they did think it would have been a good idea.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will open on Thursday night, November 20, for previews and then be available everywhere on Friday, November 21. You can also check out our interview with director Francis Lawrence right here.