The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 has released a full synopsis, confirming where the two Mockingjay movies will split the plot of the single Mockingjay book, and director Francis Lawrence talks about the effect of Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s tragic death has had on crew and film.
Lawrence confirmed that Hoffman’s scenes in Mockingjay – Part 1 and 2 (the movies are being filmed simultaneously) were very nearly complete. The majority of his dialogue was done, and most of what remained were simply scenes in which he appeared in the background. “We’re still figuring that out,” confessed Lawrence to USA Today. But difficulties in completing the films are secondary to the effect on cast and crew.
It was obviously very rough for all of us. He was a friend. He was an amazing actor, an iconic actor. He was someone I really looked up to… We shut down for a day to give people time to deal with the sudden shock of it all. And to try and sort of figure things out a little bit. …We as a cast and crew definitely honored him. We gathered everyone together and had a big moment for him. We still think about him every day. It’s hard not to imagine him being here. It’s something so sudden, so shocking.
The official synopsis for Mockingjay was also recently released:
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 Commander 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.
You know, I keep forgetting that Julianne Moore appears in the film, but I’m very much looking forward to it. Judging by the synopsis, I’d guess that filmmakers are splitting Mockingjay at a point long expected, the point when Peeta is rescued from Capitol rule and it is revealed that he has been brainwashed into a murderous hatred for Katniss.