"Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games," Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), a past Victor of the deadly games, declares at the end of the first full length trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2. And indeed, audiences should prepare for the most action-packed film of the series yet when it targets the big screen this fall. As fans of the books know, blood and tears will be shed before the series' conclusion.
In preparation for the intense finale, Lionsgate is hosting a panel at this week's 2015 International Comic-Con in San Diego. Attendees will be shown exclusive footage from Mockingjay - Part 2 and treated to a Q&A session with the cast and filmmakers. Considering this is the franchise's final Comic-Con bow - assuming there are no prequels or sequels in the eventual pipeline - the studio is sure to bring an epic presentation that sparks even more fan anticipation and hype.
While the specific cast members making an appearance at Comic-Con have not been confirmed - though definitely expect the 'Big Three,' Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth - Lionsgate has released eight character posters in anticipation of the upcoming panel. Check them out below:
Tagged as "The Faces of the Rebellion," the striking, chiaroscuro-like images depict Katniss, Peeta, Gale, Cressida, Finnick, Boggs, Prim, and Johanna all wearing crimson war paint and intense, battle-ready gazes. The black and white, red-accented color scheme creates an interesting paradox. While the posters establish a bleak, hopeless air of desperation - and foreshadow the impending blood spilt - they also underly a fleeting sense of hope in the characters.
Maybe even more interestingly, these images also further the distinction between Mockingjay - Parts 1 & 2 and its cinematic predecessors, especially Catching Fire. While the promotional materials and the worlds of the franchise's first two installments boasted rich, natural scenery, colorful grandeur, and light, the last films have retreated into the gloom and doom of war. Such a move makes sense, considering Suzanne Collins' final book is not known for its bright, hopeful tone.
That said, it will be interesting to see if the filmmakers stay true to her darker and arguably more realistic vision, or deviate from it by the finale's end. Certainly the above posters - and the other previously released images - hint at the former.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 opens in U.S. theaters on November 20th, 2015.