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The New 'Mockingjay Part I' Trailer Features the Late Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The third in a series of teaser trailers for Mockingjay Part I finally gives fans of the trilogy a glimpse at the world of Panem beyond the white-washed propaganda videos from The Capitol. While Jennifer Lawrence‘s Katniss was missing from the first two teasers, she–along with the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman‘s Plutarch Heavensbee– is the focus of the third.

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The video opens with Hoffman’s character discussing the Mockingjay and Katniss as the symbol of rebellion to a hesitant President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore). His calm and reassuring voice is both a comfort to fans wanting a larger taste for the film and a shot to the heart of those still reeling from his tragic passing earlier this year.

News of the actor’s death in February sent shockwaves through Hollywood and many began questioning how his passing would affect production on the final two movies in The Hunger Games franchise. “We finished the majority of his work,” director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. “In most of those scenes [shot without the actor], Phil didn’t have any dialogue. We are going to put him into those scenes, but we’re only using real footage. We’re not creating anything digital or a robotic version of him.”

This third teaser paints a bleak picture of hope and shows gruesome scenes of war. But all of that is punctuated by a citizen of District 8 asking Katniss if she is here to fight with them, and she responds, “I am. I will.” Fans can also finally see what war-torn Panem looks like, including newcomer Natalie Dormer as Cressida. And though he’s only featured for a moment, champions of Team Gale will be excited to catch a look at Liam Hemsworth.

Previous teasers showed a brainwashed Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Joanna (Jena Malone) standing next to President Snow (Donald Sutherland) as he tries to rally threaten the Districts against joining the Mockingjay revolution. The first of the two, “Together as One,” shows a Capitol TV video announcement airing without a hitch while the second is interrupted by a message from Beetee (Jeffrey Wright): “The Mockingjay lives.”

“Together as One”

“Unity”

Ashleigh Schmitz
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