'Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2': 8 EW exclusive photos
Natalie Dormer and Jennifer Lawrence
The fourth and final installment, Mockingjay – Part 2 (out Nov. 20) opens in District 13. It’s been a long run-up to the final battle, which finds the three leads, their camera crew and a few key allies engaged in warfare inside the booby-trapped hub of Panem.
Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth
"If we had met each other in any different circumstance, we would still be best friends" Lawrence tells EW of costars Liam Hemsworth (pictured) and Josh Hutcherson. "And our love is as close to unconditional as it gets because there’s no fear between us because we love each other so much. There’s no fear in our love."
Elizabeth Banks and Jennifer Lawrence
"It's an action movie witha a woman in the lead that men want to go see." Lawrence explains. "It changed the conversation. Nobody can deny that."
Josh Hutcherson, Sam Claflin, Wes Chatham, and Evan Ross
Under the watchful eye of President Coin (Julianne Moore), the rebels are making last preparations for their mission to topple the Capitol once and for all.
Returning director Francis Lawrence promises Mockingjay – Part 2 won’t disappoint. “When you get to the end, you just feel the entire history of what these characters have been through,” he says. “It’s part of what makes this movie all the more satisfying.”
Hemsworth prefers to think Mockingjay – Part 2 the the best film in the Hunger Games installment. Is that because he's featured in the film much more? "No," he tells EW, laughing. "Maybe a little bit. But it's start-to-finish exciting."
Misty Ormiston, Josh Hutcherson, and Kim Ormiston
With the Hunger Games films coming to an end, Hutcherson says the previous installments have all been building up to the final act: "All the moving pieces finally come to a head in this one movie."
Fans weren't the only ones irate that a black-and-white cat portrayed Prim's pet Buttercup in the first film. Producer Nina Jacobson, who missed the first kitty casting session, made sure to use an orange cat in the sequels – with a tiny bit of guilt because the film had shaved the hell out of the first cat to make him look mangy: "We made a beautiful cat really ugly... and then we fired him."