ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

November is creeping in, fall is all around and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 will be released in a matter of weeks! This really is the best time of year.

The conclusion to the highly successful and insanely entertaining series is preparing to hit movie theaters around the world, and fans are going crazy for all things Hunger Games. I myself am braiding my hair and donning my Mockingjay pin in anticipation. Check out the trailer!

Mockingjay concludes with Katniss, Peeta, Gale, and the rebels of Panem as they take up arms and march against Capitol, and the evil, totalitarian President Snow. I have chills just thinking about it. So in anticipation of its release on November 20, here are 6 things you (probably) never knew about the final Hunger Games movie.

Nothing can prepare you for the end… but this post will certainly try!

1. Both Mockingjay movies were filmed back-to-back

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee

Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 were filmed back-to-back between 2013 and 2014, which is why the brilliant Philip Seymour Hoffman was still able to fulfill his role as Plutarch Heavensbee even though he passed away in early 2014. Having said this, he still had two major scenes to film after his death which were rewritten, despite rumors of CGI trickery to place him in those scenes.

2. Most of the Capitol locations are real locations from around the world

If you have read the books, or have watched the recent trailer, you’ll know that the Capitol has been booby-trapped by Gamemakers to resemble one of their deadly arenas. In one scene, Katniss and the gang find themselves setting off a trap, which rains down toxic sludge. This scene was filmed in a real building called Espaces d'Abraxas, located just outside of Paris. The building is a doppelgänger for Capitol architecture. It’s enormous, concrete and dramatic as hell! Jennifer Lawrence recently explained in an interview that it was important to find real and immersive locations to shoot in, so that the Capitol felt as huge and as terrifying as possible!

3. What has happened to the official soundtrack?

No solid news has surfaced surrounding the fourth and final Hunger Games soundtrack, which has left many of us wondering what the deal is. Months before Part 1 was released, it was announced that the crazy-talented Lorde would curate the record, which featured tracks from a whole host of music’s biggest names. Now I’m sitting here, mere weeks before the movie’s release, wondering when literally any news about the Part 2 soundtrack is going to be revealed. So far, all I have uncovered is a list of artists only rumored to appear on the mysterious soundtrack. These include the likes of Florence & the Machine, Halsey and Twenty-One Pilots.

4. Fandoms collide with the casting of Part 2

American Horror Story’s Lily Rabe was originally cast to play the former District 2 Hunger Games victor, Commander Lyme. She dropped out due to a scheduling conflict and was later replaced by none other than Game of Thrones star Gwendolyn Christie, the second GoT cast member to join the franchise.

5. Some of your favorite characters may not make it to the end…

I won’t spoil too much, but in a recent interview with the LA Times, producer Nina Jacobson hinted that as Squad 451 make their way through the Capitol, some of them make it… and some of them don’t. I know! I don’t want to think about it! Jacobson also revealed that these moments were big turning points for both Katniss and Peeta, as Katniss tries to desperately bring him back to her. My heart!

5. In fact, even those who have read the books are in for a shock!

According to Patina Miller who plays Commander Paylor, District 8’s rebel leader, the movie will stay very true to the book. However, she also hinted that there might be some twists and turns that even book fans aren’t expecting… a nerve-wracking thought for any of you diehard fans of Suzanne Collins’ original trilogy.

6. The Hunger Games has definitively proven that a female-led blockbuster franchise can be insanely successful

Okay, so this is an obvious one. Despite coming from humble beginnings, The Hunger Games movies have grossed over a billion US dollars worldwide, and have helped turn Jennifer Lawrence into one of Hollywood’s biggest stars. From what I can tell, it looks as though Mockingjay – Part 2 is next in line, and will definitely be one of the year's biggest blockbusters, alongside the eagerly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens and James Bond’s Spectre. In my opinion, if Mockingjay – Part 2 is even half as good as its predecessors, it looks as though we’re in for one hell of a finale! I am not even a little bit prepared!

Source: LA Times


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