Along with a slew of images from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly also has a new preview image from the final installment in one of the most popular (and best) franchises in recent memory: The Hunger Games. Director Francis Lawrence shot the last two films, Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2, in one go, but this fall sees the release of the final movie. The epilogue for the pic wasn’t shot until last month due to weather issues, but as of now the Hunger Games franchise is entirely in the can.
This new image features Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Elizabeth Banks’ Effie, and the two look much more “together” than the bunker versions seen in Mockingjay – Part 1. Speaking with EW, which premiered the image, Francis Lawrence calls Mockingjay – Part 2 the most emotional and the most satisfying of the bunch, and the film highlights a slew of powerful female characters to boot. In addition to Katniss and Effie, there’s Natalie Dormer’s Cressida, Gwendoline Christie’s Commander Lyme, and a new non-book character named Lieutenant Jackson, played by Michelle Forbes (Battlestar Galactica, True Blood).
Check out the new photo below, and look for our recap of the film’s Comic-Con panel next Thursday. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in theaters on November 20th.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2:
With the nation of Panem in a full scale war, Katniss confronts President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in the final showdown. Teamed with a group of her closest friends – including Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin), and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) – Katniss goes off on a mission with the unit from District 13 as they risk their lives to stage an assassination attempt on President Snow who has become increasingly obsessed with destroying her. The mortal traps, enemies, and moral choices that await Katniss will challenge her more than any arena she faced in The Hunger Games.