Francis Lawrence Explains Why A 'Fired Up' Katniss Makes 'Mockingjay' A 'Real War Movie'
With reporting by Josh Horowitz
When we last left Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in the fall of 2014, she was faced with a deadly threat she never remotely thought she'd have to endure -- a brainwashed Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).
... Which totally sucks, but when we caught up with director Francis Lawrence at CinemaCon, he said it's this particular brand of cruelty that will finally fully ignite our heroine in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2."
"Katniss is still messed up from the attack, and Peeta is definitely still messed up," Lawrence, who also told us that there's still one final "mini-reunion" epilogue scene left to shoot, said. "But because of all of this, Katniss is now fired up in a new way. In 'Mockingjay - Part 1' she was at a real low point. She was in hiding, and sidelined a bit, and being manipulated by others. This is like, she's taking charge again."
Katniss taking charge means that "Mockingjay - Part 2" will have an entirely different feel than its predecessor, which largely took place away from the main action in an underground bunker.
"It's thematically very different," Lawrence continued. "['Mockingjay - Part 1'] was about the manipulation of media and propaganda, and this one is a real war movie. Very quickly, we're getting out from the confines of District 13 and back out into the rest of Panem, including the Capitol. It's a very different kind of landscape."
A landscape that includes oil and sewer water, apparently.
"There's a sequence that fans will know about down in the sewers that's really fun and exciting," Lawrence teased. "It was really hard to shoot, but I think it looks great. There's a sequence with some oil that we shot in Paris that's looking really fun; I'm really happy with that. And the end -- I have to say, the end, there's something great about this; that there's real closure. We're not ending with the promise of another movie, this is the final one. You feel it, and there's something satisfying about that. I think it's really emotional and moving."
Francis, we assure you that we're crying already.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2" hits theaters on November 20.