This year might already be jam-packed with highly anticipated sequels like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World and Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. However, lest we forget, 2015 will also bring the world The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the conclusion (or is it?) to the hugely successful film franchise based on Suzanne Collins' book series.
The new film was shot concurrently with the previous release, as both are adapted from Collins' third novel, and while Mockingjay - Part 1 was criticized by some for consisting mostly of setup for the final installment (read our review), excitement is running high for the end of Katniss Everdeen's (Jennifer Lawrence) story.
Courtesy of Lawrence's own Facebook page, fans can now take a look at the first image of the film (see below), which features a battle-ready Katniss, Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and Messalla (Evan Ross). The actress also mentions "6.9.15" but does not clarify exactly what fans should be expecting on that date. At this stage in the film's marketing, it's likely to be the official release of a full-length trailer, as Lionsgate has only released a teaser thus far.
It's a fitting image to whet fans' appetites for the epic scale of the new film, which sees Katniss lead the citizens of Panem in a revolution against the sinister President Snow (Donald Sutherland). In addition to that glimpse at Mockingjay - Part 2, Lionsgate recently released a new teaser poster for the film that really plays up the social uprising at the heart of the series' final chapter (see below).
The eerie teaser poster - featuring Sutherland's shattered likeness and the dripping mockingjay symbol - does a solid job of conveying the complex moral sensibility of the Hunger Games series. While Snow's rule continues to plunge Panem into a dystopian environment, the above feels just as haunting as it is victorious. Snow's fall is supposed to be the end goal for Katniss and company, but as readers of Collins' books know, the story's end isn't as simple as it seems.
However, it is easy to predict how Mockingjay - Part 2 will perform at the box office this fall. The last film brought in $752 million worldwide last year, the second highest-grossing domestic release after American Sniper. With this one marking the potential end to the Hunger Games franchise, expect that number to increase.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 20, 2015.
Source: Jennifer Lawrence, Lionsgate