By ANGELA DAWSON
Front Row Features
HOLLYWOOD—Liam Hemsworth reprises his role as Gale Hawthorne, Katniss Everdeen’s home district sweetheart in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” the third installment of the worldwide box office hit franchise.
The Australian actor, who in the first two installments of the popular fantasy action drama had had a fairly small role as the boyfriend left behind in their home District 12, while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) went off twice to battle along with fellow victor Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), with whom she has had to pretend in public to have a romantic relationship.
In this first half of a two-part finale, based on Suzanne Collins’ third novel in the trilogy, Hemsworth finally gets to see some action as part of a rebel crew that plots a rebellion against President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and his oppressive regime, and embarks on a daring rescue of Peeta, who was taken prisoner to the Capitol in the previous installment. Most of the cast from the previous two films returns, including Woody Harrelson, Jeffrey Wright, Elizabeth Banks and Philip Seymour Hoffman, in one of his final roles. Joining the cast is Julianne Moore, who plays Alma Coin, president of District 13.
The 24-year-old actor recently spoke about making the two-parter successively and wrapping up the popular franchise.