SDCC: ‘A Message from District 13’ Sends ‘The Hunger Games’ Out in Style

By July 9, 2015

This November, the cinematic adaptations of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games novels come to an end with the release of Mockingjay – Part 2. That means that this year’s Comic-Con will be the last that the cast of the film series will be assembled, and they decided to go out with a bang.

In the Hall H presentation for the film today, Lionsgate premiered a propaganda-style short film that featured Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, which was reflected in the beginning of the presentation in the actual hall by the arrival of two rows of real drummers. Lionsgate released the official version of the short online, which you can see below.

The panel itself was something of a heartfelt farewell to the series, with the three main cast members — Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth — showing that they all had quite a rapport, with the entire tempo of the conversation being kept upbeat by the moderator, the one and only Conan O’Brien.

According to Deadline, O’Brien asked questions of the assembled cast and director Francis Lawrence that he continually joked were, “provided to [him] by Lionsgate.” Memorable moments included Lawrence being asked about her favorite moments on the series, to which she drew a blank. When a fan yelled out, “I love you, Jennifer!” Lawrence replied, “Thank you, that was my favorite.” Hutcherson talked about his character Peeta, and how his journey has changed quite a bit over the course of the four films, with Lawrence interjecting by saying, “he couldn’t resist this.” She then pointed to her bottom.

Overall, the assembled fans had a lot of love for the cast and the series as a whole, and many will likely be sorry to see it go when The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hits theaters on November 20th. For more from Comic-Con, be sure to keep it locked on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.