Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland, and Jena Malone as Peeta Mellark, President Snow, and Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay." Photo Credit: Lionsgate

Lorde to curate the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

We are now just four months away from the release of the first installment of the final chapter in The Hunger Games saga, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.

On Monday, fans got their first look at the trailer for the upcoming film which showed an apprehensive Katniss Everdeen agree to lead the rebellion against the Capitol.

Now, it looks as if there is some more interesting news coming out of the film.

Lionsgate announced this afternoon that Grammy Award winning artist Lorde would not only contribute a song to the soundtrack, but would actually be curating the soundtrack for the upcoming feature.

This is not only a huge accomplishment for the 17 year old New Zealand musician, who is best known for her ridiculously catchy hit single “Royals,” but a giant responsibility. In some cases, the soundtrack does more than entertain, but sets the entire tone for the film.

This point is demonstrated greatly in the connection between the film and the soundtrack for the latest Marvel adventure Guardians of the Galaxy.

As one of her responsibilities, she will be handpicking artists to participate in the soundtrack.

Some may have concerns about this purely based on her age, but let me assure you that she is taking her new responsibilities very seriously.

“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde said in the press release. “The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people.”

Even more interestingly, she has already made quite the impression on the film’s director Francis Lawrence who had nothing but praise for the young superstar and expressed his excitement to share her work with the world.

“I sat down with Lorde on the set of ‘Mockingjay’ this spring and I was immediately struck by how she so innately understood what we, as both fans and filmmakers, were trying to accomplish with the film.” Lawrence said. “Her immense talent and keen understanding of Mockingjay’s characters and themes not only have enabled her to create a song of her own that completely captures the film’s essence, but her insight and passion for our project make her the perfect creative force to assemble the other songs on our soundtrack.  I can’t wait to share what she’s done with the fans — it is truly remarkable.”

I don’t know about you, but when a film’s director says that he feels that Lorde truly understands not only the characters in the film, but where the filmmakers intended to take the story, it gives me a certain sense of excitement to see what she will be able to come up with.

As you already know, Director Francis Lawrence will be returning to direct The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 and 2. He previously directed the second installment in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The script for the film is being penned by Danny Strong, which is of course based off ofThe Hunger Games book series from bestselling author Suzanne Collins.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence as the hero of the story, Miss Katniss Everdeen. The film also stars Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeffrey Wright, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Sam Claflin, and Jena Malone all reprising their roles from the previous films.

Actress Julianne Moore will be joining the cast as President Alma Coin when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters later this year. Also joining the cast in Part 1 is Game of Thrones actresses Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie, who will be playing Cressida and Commander Lyme respectively.

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

 

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