Lionsgate announced today that Grammy Award-winning star Lorde has been tapped to record the theme song and “curate” the soundtrack to Mockingjay: Part 1. She will have a rich tapestry to create from, from what we saw in that first Mockingjay Part 1 teaser trailer!
The 17-year-old New Zealand native first gained attention in the States with her hit single Royals, that would be the first hit from her multi-platinum album Pure Heroine.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 is directed by Francis Lawrence and brings back all the stars from the previous two films -- Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Donald Sutherland (love his President Snow Unity Address!) and Woody Harrelson. Look for newbies such as Julianne Moore as President Coin too when the first chapter of the final two movies lands on November 21, 2014.
Director Lawrence welcomed Lorde to his set and was immediately taken with her connection to the material and what was going on around her while filming took place.
"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 in a statement.
“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."
Lorde, as a huge fan of the series, could not be more pleased with the honor.
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance," said Lorde. "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."
Prepare for the big finale and watch Catching Fire online.