‘Mockingjay’ London Premiere: Jennifer Lawrence and Cast Bid Bittersweet Farewell

For 400 years, Nov. 5 has been synonymous in the U.K. with gunpowder, treason and plot — thanks to Guy Fawkes and his political gang of renegade assassins. That was until Jennifer Lawrence arrived in London, hijacking Fawkes’ historic night, armed with her own troop of explosive revolutionaries.

As the finale “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2” took its U.K. bow in Leicester Square, helmer Francis Lawrence joined producers Jon Kilik and Nina Jacobson on the red carpet, with talent Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson all in tow.

Stanley Tucci was ready and willing to fly the flag for female leaders, saying, “The fact there’s a very smart, young woman in the lead role, I think that’s really important — doing things we might normally see a young man do.”

Natalie Dormer, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth were all vocally sad to see their Hunger Games family disband, Hemsworth sharing, “We still hang out together, we are best friends. It’s just we’re not hanging out twelve hours a day together, in a sewer!”

Sam Claflin, both Lawrences and Tucci all described the franchise’s demise as “bittersweet” — a sentiment captured as friends and faux gathered en masse outside the Odeon, with Claflin taking the unofficial photographer role, snapping a group selfie for nostalgia before heading indoors for their final clash.

(Pictured: Francis Lawrence, Sam Claflin, Gwendoline Christie, Stanley Tucci, Natalie Dormer, Josh Hutcherson, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Nina Jacobson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson and Jon Kilik at the London premiere of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2”)

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