The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 was released on November 21, 2014, and Part 2 followed on November 20, 2015.
His character goes through a significant personality change in the films, which provided him with an acting challenge; he said, "I'm nervous about portraying it because I've never gone crazy before in a movie." while David Edelstein of New York criticized his portrayal in relation to scenes with the other characters, saying "at least Josh Hutcherson's captured Peeta is mostly seen in interviews with Stanley Tucci's camp talk-show host on TV screens ...
so the actor can't bring his lack of urgency to scenes with [Jennifer Lawrence]." He also served as an executive producer for the film, alongside first-time director Andrea Di Stefano, assisting with casting and blocking shots.
Hutcherson said the opportunity "made [him] so hungry to do more like that".
At the time, his only acting experience had been in a Kroger television commercial and a Vacation Bible School training film.
He has served as an executive producer in Detention (2011), The Forger (2012) and Escobar: Paradise Lost (2015), while also playing a lead role in each film.
Hutcherson said of the filming: "That was an amazing experience. There were beaches everywhere and all sorts of forests.
We took little road trips everywhere and just had a lot of fun." Author Ann C.
Daly was impressed with the young Hutcherson, remarking, "He's an exceptional kid.
He's a really good actor, and he's very smart and confident in himself." Stella Papamichael of the BBC approved of his performance, saying that "Hutcherson's delivery is spot-on, showing a keen instinct for self-effacing humor that would make even Woody Allen feel that bit more inadequate", The film was shot on location in New Zealand for three and a half months.