No, she’s not joining in the fight with Katniss Everdeen; the musical star is set to curate the soundtrack to the widely anticipated film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. The 17-year-old singer will handpick the artists and provide the lead single for the album, which will be released this fall. Given the enormous success of the score for the original Hunger Games film (read: it won a Grammy), this next one has quite the standard to live up to, but it’s clear that Lorde’s the right person for the job.
“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,” director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. If you ask us, the union of two “pure heroines” such as Lorde and Katniss is the best choice Lawrence could’ve made. “I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people,” Lorde said. We’ll bet on that being a supremely pleasant surprise, of course, because there’s no doubt in our minds that her talent is the perfect musical complement to the Hunger Games story. Mockingjay hits theaters November 21, and is sure to be filled with all sorts of “glory and gore.”