Opening this weekend in traditional theaters and IMAX is the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Directed by Francis Lawrence, the film centers on President Snow (Donald Sutherland) trying to crush a budding rebellion that was ignited by Katniss’ (Jennifer Lawrence) actions in the previous film, as the 75th Hunger Games (aka Quarter Quell) finds past victors competing against each other. The sequel also stars Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, and Amanda Plummer.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I got to speak with Lawrence. He talked about inheriting the cast that Gary Ross assembled, whether he was nervous about making Catching Fire, the length of his assembly cut, deleted scenes, and the shooting schedule for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2 (he reveals they’ve already shot five weeks on the sequels). Hit the jump to watch.
- What was he most nervous about in making Catching Fire?
- Talks about inheriting the cast as he’s never directed a sequel.
- How long was the assembly cut?
- Are there a lot of deleted scenes and will they be on the Blu-ray? Says the scenes they cut out will be on the Blu-ray.
- Talks about his shooting schedule for Mockingjay Part 1 and 2. Reveals they’ve already shot 5 weeks on the film.