From one “pure heroine” to another: Lorde will hand-pick the artists for the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and provide the lead single for the album, which will be released this fall. The film version of Mockingjay — Part 1 hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2014.
Lorde’s friend Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars provided the lead single, “Safe and Sound,” for the original Hunger Games film. That soundtrack topped the Billboard 200 album chart, and won a Grammy for best song written for visual media. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack included the single “We Remain,” by Christina Aguilera, and also featured Lorde’s “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.”
“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,” Mockingjay director Francis 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.”
“Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance,” Lorde added about being involved with the Jennifer Lawrence-starring film. “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.”
This announcement is sure to excite fans of both the franchise and Grammy-winning Lorde; the themes of Lorde’s previous work lend themselves well to Katniss’ dystopian world.
After all, both Lorde and Katniss know about glory and gore.