Jennifer Lawrence gives a lengthy interview with Empire, and Francis Lawrence is quoted in both. Empire even got to watch a full 30 minutes of the movie!
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"From the 30 minutes or so that he shows Empire, Francis Lawrence's take on The Hunger Games has a chillier, bleaker beauty than Ross', which burst with springy greens. It also looks bigger, with desolate landscapes stretching into nothingness, its Panem a lonelier, more forlorn place.
"I thought there was a real opportunity to open the world up," says Francis Lawrence. "I didn't get enough of a sense of place in the first movie. I thought we could grow visually, because we were seeing more of the Districts, the Capitol and a whole new arena""
Jennifer on Francis:
""I was consulted about who the new director would be, yes," she says. "But I’m not delusional. I’m sure that if I’d said I absolutely hated Francis they’d have hired him anyway… fortunately, I think Francis is the smartest decision any studio has ever made.""
Jennifer on returning to the role of Katniss in Mockingjay:
""I've taken a month off and now I'm so ready to get back to work," she says. "I actually really worried at the beginning of these movies that I would get so bored playing the same person for so long. But I still love playing Katniss and am really looking forward to being her again. There's honestly no part of it that I'm bored with...""
""This one’s very, very different. The arena’s much more active. And the movie’s about different things, thematically: it’s about the beginning of rebellion, and Kat is becoming a symbol, and there’s much more love story.”
Expect a different Katniss, too. “She’s been in the games, and so we had a lot of discussions abut what that means, how one can be haunted by taking part in violence acts and witnessing violent things,” says [Francis] Lawrence. Though his star, naturally, is up to the task. “She’s so instinctual, it’s unbelievable,” he says. “It seems so effortless. It’s pretty incredible to watch.""
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