If rebellion lingered in the air after the first Hunger Games film two years ago, it became a way of life after the catastrophic cliffhanger of 2013’s Catching Fire; cut to now and it’s open revolt, though to date the promotional materials Lionsgate has released for the third film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, have employed subtler tactics than brute force. The Capitol favors indoctrination, seen in the spate of celebratory posters honoring Panem’s compartmentalized Districts, as well as viral clips lionizing President Snow.
But the rebel contingent hasn’t been silent: they’ve fired back by butting into Snow’s calmly unsettling addresses, while director Francis Lawrence’s premiere teaser hints at Katniss’ evolution into the insurrection’s most important (if hesitant) figurehead. The game is very much on, and President Alma Coin and her supporters aren’t stopping there, either – now they have a slew of persuasive advertising to call their own, by way of a handful of slick, brand new one sheets depicting their team of “Rebel Warriors” striking heroic poses.
The posters, which come to us thanks to Wired, each depict characters new to the series (save for Liam Hemsworth’s Gale, who we all know from his presence in the previous two pictures); they’re part of Katniss’ production team, assigned as her personal propaganda detail following her nervous promise to take up arms alongside her fellow revolutionaries in that aforementioned trailer. They’ll be at her side for the better part of the next film at least, depending on where the split between The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2 occurs.
So all the more reason to get acquainted with them now, though Game of Thrones fans will likely immediately recognize Natalie Dormer and her fierce half buzz ‘do. She’ll be playing Cressida, the woman in charge of directing the rebellion’s hype documentary; she’s armed and dangerous, and not just because she’s brandishing an assault rifle. The rest of the crew is no less accoutered, though Gale looks like he drew the short straw in terms of ordnance.
Take a look at the collected posters below to see for yourself (click the image to enlarge).
Each strikes a remarkably badass contrast to the last images we saw of District 13’s soldiers; they’re a coolly threatening counterpoint to efforts of Snow and his Capitol cronies at sowing misinformation among Panem’s multitudes. The way that the Mockingjay emblem’s wings are positioned across all six shots is an especially nice touch.
Apart from Cressida and Gale, there’s Messalla (Evan Ross), Cressida’s assistant; Boggs (Mahershala Ali), the group’s martial commander and Katniss’ bodyguard; and brothers Castor and Pollux (Wes Chatham and Elden Henson, respectively), photojournalists who serve as Cressida’s camera operators. Whether or not Pollux will be an Avox – a servant made mute through torture as punishment for treason – in the film remains unknown.
There’s a fittingly self aggrandizing vibe both in this set of pictures and in all of the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 marketing disseminated to the public thus far: this is all about two sides trying to out maneuver each other politically and bolster their images with the people, rather than meeting head on in combat to determine the victor at the business end of heavy artillery. Interesting how little Jennifer Lawrence herself has played into advertising just yet (though that also feels appropriate in light of the character’s reluctance).
We’ll see how much that changes once a full trailer hits theaters. In the meantime, content yourself with these posters as the film’s opening day draws nearer.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 hits theaters on November 21st, 2014.
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