The Hunger Games Film Site
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Donald Sutherland, Jena Malone
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Director: Francis Lawrence
Written by: Peter Craig and Danny Strong (Screenplay)
Based on the Novels of Suzanne Collins
The Four-Part Trilogy
The third installment in the ultra-popular Hunger Games trilogy was so substantial in both plotlines and storytelling, that the screenplays were actually written as two sequential films: Mockingjay Part I and Mockingjay Part II. After the monstrously successful The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the first installment of the Mockingjay film adaptation was definitely one of the most highly anticipated film releases in recent years.
Beautiful, Tragic Tone
The gritty, organic, reluctant heroism of Katniss Everdeen, aptly played by Jennifer Lawrence, was arguably intensified even more in the first Mockingjay film than even in the first two Hunger Games movies. Decisions are never easy for the lion-hearted, instinctive Katniss, who finds the complexity and magnitude of her choices to be even more impactful than they have ever been. For stories and characters this organic, and this complex, a film maker must have the most authentically perfect film settings, or the movies will feel disingenuous to fans and critics. For diversity of terrain, and authentic structures, Hollywood now leans heavily on the great state of Georgia to fulfill these film location desires. Sweetwater State Park, located proudly in Douglas County, has been the choice for several popular movie and television productions. For instance, in Mockingjay, you can see Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth having a conversation by the ruins of old New Manchester Textile Mill, located in Sweetwater State Park.
Talent Meets Diversity
While Jennifer Lawrence is obviously the star of these popular film adaptations, the entire, star-studded cast is once again amazing on every level. From the role of menacing tyrant (portrayed by Donald Sutherland’s President Snow character), to rambunctious rebels, all the way to complex political characters from every side of a nation in turmoil, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay is an engaging masterpiece that takes viewers on a breathless journey of tribulation, triumph, and tragedy. The outstanding acting is complemented nicely by vividly diverse film locations, many of which are located all throughout Metro Atlanta, Douglasville, Douglas County, and Sweetwater Creek State Park. So come on out for a day of adventure on the Douglas County Film Trail, and see the settings for all your favorite scenes!