Academy Award-winning actress, Jennifer Lawrence, is globally known for her work in the blockbuster franchise The Hunger Games, but Lawrence appears to not be in the first trailer released for the series’ next installment, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The new teaser for Hunger Games does not feature Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, and only includes the characters of President Coriolanus Snow and Peeta Mellark, played by Donald Sutherland and Josh Hutcherson, respectively.
The teaser is actually a televised announcement from within the world of The Hunger Games and not intended to be a Hollywood trailer. The announcement begins with the insignia of the country of Panem – the setting of The Hunger Games and is recognized as a television program entitled Capitol TV. President Snow begins the announcement by reminding the citizens of Panem of the importance of their country, and highlighted words such as “unity,” “prosperity” and “sacrifice” are shown as the President continues his speech. Towards the conclusion of the announcement, the camera pans out to reveal Peeta Mellark standing loyally on the right hand of President Snow. The teaser concludes with the President strongly stating that what the citizens have come to know as Panem will remain so forever.
Fans of Suzanne Collins’s novels in which the films are based on will know that Panem is the post-apocalyptic version of North America. Those who have read the book Mockingjay will also know the reasoning for the absence of Lawrence’s character in the teaser and for the unexpected look of loyalty behind the eyes of Hutcherson’s character while President Snow exclaims his announcement. Mockingjay – Part 1 will feature Oscar Nominee Julianne Moore as the leader of the hidden district of Panem, District 13. There will undoubtably be an epic acting showdown between Lawrence and Moore that fans will be greatly anticipating.
The late Philip Seymour Hoffman will reprise his role as Plutarch Heavensbee in both Mockinjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2. These two films mark the final performance footage recorded of Hoffman before his untimely death. Hoffman had, reportedly, finished the majority of his scenes in both Mockingjay films, but still had a small percentage left to fill. Hoffman’s role will not be replaced by another actor, his scenes that were not filmed will be meshed successfully into the storyline through master editing.
Though Jennifer Lawrence is not in this new teaser, her role in The Hunger Games is more vital than ever. The next film will pick up immediately where the last film, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire left off, Lawrence’s character, Katniss, is devastated to learn that her former home, District 12 of Panem, has been obliterated into ashes and her close friend and seemingly love interest, Peeta, has been taken captive by President Snow and the wicked forces of the nation’s capitol. Katniss reluctantly becomes the beacon of hope and newfound leader of the rebel forces forming to wage war against the capitol – naming her as “The Mockingjay”.
Mockingjay – Part 1 is scheduled to be released on November 21 this year, but Lawrence has another project coming out later this year that the public may not yet know about. Lawrence teams up with her Silver Linings Playbook co-star, Bradley Cooper, to play opposite him, yet again, in the film Serena, directed by Susanne Bier. The film is based on the book by the same name by Ron Rash and set in North Carolina during The Great Depression. The film focuses on Lawrence and Cooper’s characters, Serena and George Pemberton, and their struggle for the future of their timber empire when it is discovered that Serena is not able to bear children. It may be too early to call, but this title has a great amount of Oscar potential attached to it which may result in a second Academy Award for Lawrence and even a first award for Cooper.
Jennifer Lawrence is not in the new Hunger Games teaser, but her name will continue to remain in the Hollywood limelight. America’s sweetheart is not going anywhere anytime soon Jennifer Lawrence will remain a household name for many years to come.
By Cody Collier