A photo of Josh Hutcherson has surfaced online, showing him in what appears to be set makeup for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. He’s wearing the gold necklace given to him by Effie Trinket and you can see what looks like char, presumably makeup to represent burns, either from Catching Fire or from (ugh) Capitol torture. You can also see that he’s sporting makeup giving him a black eye.
Next to him stands Laura Simpson, who gained a ton of media attention for her behind-the-scenes write-up of the Oscars.
We admit we’re a little confused about the necklace, since in Catching Fire, Peeta does offer the necklace to Katniss, but it’s not clear whether she keeps it or gives it back to him.
Our best guess is that this is from Mockingjay Part 2, after Peeta has been rescued from the Capitol. His black eye is slightly faded, meaning it’s probably an older injury, and we do know that he gets injured in a scuffle after his last appearance with Caesar when he tries to warn District 13:
At the mention of my name, Peeta’s face contorts in effort. “Katniss…how do you think this will end? What will be left? No one is safe. Not in the Capitol. Not in the districts. And you…in Thirteen…” He inhales sharply, as if fighting for air; his eyes look insane. “Dead by morning!”
Off camera, Snow orders, “End it!” Beetee throws the whole thing into chaos by flashing a still shot of me standing in front of the hospital at three-second intervals. But between the images, we are privy to the real-life action being played out on the set. Peeta’s attempt to continue speaking. The camera knocked down to record the white tiled floor. The scuffle of boots. The impact of the blow that’s inseparable from Peeta’s cry of pain.
And his blood as it splatters the tiles.
However, Peeta does get into that fist fight with another victor at the start of the quarter quell.
What do you think tributes? Is this our very first look at Josh Hutcherson as hijacked Peeta Mellark in Mockingjay?!