Congratulations to the three of you who got that joke in the headline. But now that it’s out of the way, it’s time to get serious about the third film in The Hunger Games franchise, Mockingjay Part 1. Six new character posters have been released to promote the film, featuring a look, but not a vast look, at the formally mythical 13th District of Panem. There’s a definite aesthetic to design of these posters, and even not so careful observers will see that there are a couple of characters missing from this collection. What do I mean, and who’s missing from this latest round of posterization? Check out the gallery below.
The six posters just released through The Hunger Gamers website including the 75th Hunger Game survivors Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) and Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), as well as District 12 chaperone Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) and new character District 13 President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).
So who’s missing? Well, we know Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna Mason (Jena Malone) are now pawns of the Capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland), but conspicuous by their absence here is Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth). One can assume that they’re going to get some kind of poster soon, especially since the plot involves Katniss literally becoming the poster girl for the war between the Districts of Panem and the Capitol.
You’ll also note the motif of the posters’ design. Kind of gives you a prison like feeling, right? As if the characters are trapped in District 13. As those who’ve read the novels know, there may be a hint of truth in that perception. Everyone’s kind of trapped by circumstances because while District 13 and its leadership gives off a whiff of not being especially trustworthy, no one’s going to say the draconian methods of the Capitol are any better.
Mockingjay is a very divisive book amongst Hunger Games fans, some say its the series’ worst, and others say its the best, so it will be very interesting to see how the two films that are based on it will turn out.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 opens November 21, followed by Part 2 in 2015.