Published On: Wed, Oct 29th, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence gets ‘Hunger Games Mockingjay’ Empire magazine cover

Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in the two-part finale to the Hunger Games franchise and now graces the cover of the new Empire Magazine.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Hunger games mockingjay photoThe magazine’s December 2014 issue celebrates the upcoming release of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 with the X-Men Days of Future Past star on front as the heroine Katniss Everdeen with her weapon of choice – a bow and arrow.

Katniss stands alone amidst the burning and broken rubble of a building while smoke rises in teh background. In Mockingjay, Katniss emerges as a leader of the rebellion in the battle of Panem.

Empire’s interview with the film’s director, Francis Lawrence, accompanies the cover and includes a discussion of future Hunger Games movies and the contribution of deceased actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

“It’s a tough thing. It’s a weird thing,” the director says of spin-off films like in the Harry Potter world. “That world of Harry Potter, there’s a lot to that world that you can explain. You can understand the appeal of telling another story, but can you actually do it without Harry, Hermione and those characters? Will people care as much? And I guess you can say the same thing about the Hunger Games world.”

It’s noteworthy to point out that he doesn’t totally dismiss it, “There are a lot of past games and a lot of this world, but without Katniss, is it the same? Part of what I like about the series is the connection to things we think about and talk about now. What’s the new version of that? That would be the tricky thing.”

Francis Lawrence confirms that no digital trickery was used to complete the work of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman after his sad death during production on the film.

“He had two substantial scenes left and the rest were appearances in other scenes. We had no intention of trying to fake a performance, so we rewrote those scenes to give to other actors… The rest we just didn’t have him appear in those scenes. There’s no digital manipulation or CG fabrication of any kind.”

For more on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 – check out the new issue of Empire

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Jeffrey Wright, Natalie Dormer, Sam Claflin, Jena Malone, Willow Shields.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is scheduled to be released on November 21, 2014.

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