“Panem today, Panem tomorrow, Panem forever.” That was the motto inscribed on a recent set of viral posters for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and it’s certainly a lot catchier than the movie’s title. The battle between the Capitol and the rebel Districts will come to a head (well, half a head) this fall – and while we’re still waiting for an official trailer, Lionsgate is already stepping up the viral marketing.
The latest piece of propaganda to be aired on Capitol TV is an address from President Coriolanus Snow, the ruthless and manipulative ruler of Panem, who is played by Donald Sutherland. Accompanied by two-time Hunger Games survivor Peeta Mellark, Snow explains (from what looks like a literal ivory tower) why the citizens of Panem are lucky to have their dystopian society, and why they should put all this rebellion nonsense to rest.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 will be the second entry in the series from director Francis Lawrence, and the screenplay adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ was penned by Danny Strong (The Butler) and Peter Craig (The Town). After putting an end to the gladiatorial Hunger Games in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Katniss will find herself struggling to keep her loved ones safe as Panem descends into a civil war, in which she is a figurehead of the revolution.
Those who haven’t read the books may be curious as to why Peeta - Katniss’ close friend and one corner of the Hunger Games love triangle – suddenly appears to be siding with the scheming President Snow. This is one of the things that makes the teaser so effective, since the only way to find out is to watch The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 when it’s out in theaters later this year. Unless you just read the books, of course.
Did this message from Capitol TV convince you to vote for President Snow in the next election? No? It doesn’t really matter, because Panem isn’t a democracy. Please wait patiently while we send in the Peacekeepers to publicly flog you and burn down your house.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 opens in U.S. theaters on November 21st, 2014, followed by Part 2 a year later on November 20th, 2015.