Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that she was excited about the development of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 and was keen to explore her as a hero.
Mockingjay - Part 1 will see a change in Katniss, as she becomes a symbol of the revolution against the Capitol and is now on the battle’s front lines. And Lawrence says that this development of the heroine was something that really interested her when she read the novels for the first time.
Speaking to Flicks and Bits, the actress said: “When I was first reading the books, before I even knew that these would be movies, I was very excited for Katniss to come into her own as a leader – and she is still a very reluctant hero. In the first movie she wanted to save her family and her sister.
“In the second, she tried to save her friends and herself. Now, with “Mockingjay”, she starts to realize the impact she has on the wider world and that she has a choice to lead this battle for what is right. And that really just excited me as a reader, but then as an actor I was excited about that change and that kind of development.”
Lawrence returns to the big screen this week as Katniss, in what is the most anticipated instalment of The Hunger Games series so far - I have been looking forward to this movie ever since the credits rolled on Catching Fire this time last year. It looks set to be one of the highest grossing movies of the year so far and will top the box office around the world.
It has already been a hugely successful year for Lawrence with an Oscar nomination for American Hustle and critical and commercial success for blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past, and 2014 is going to close with a bang with the release of Mockingjay - Part 1
Mockingjay is the final instalment in the book series by Suzanne Collins but has been split into two movies for the big screen: the second part and final movie in the franchise will be released in December next year. Filming has already been completed on Mockingjay - Part 2.
Going into 2015, Lawrence is set to reunite with director David O. Russell on new film Joy, which is based on life story of Joy Mangano, who went from single mother to entrepreneur. Lawrence will take on the title role of Joy in the film.
Lawrence is also set to reprise the role of Mystique in X-Men: Apocalypse, which will begin filming next year. The movie will follow on from First Class and Days of Future Past and will see Bryan Singer back in the director’s chair, while Lawrence will reunite with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, and Nicholas Hoult.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 is out now.