Give Lionsgate credit: the studio has been very meticulous about building up anticipation for its adaptation of author Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel, The Hunger Games, so far... with the exception of its arguably too brief teaser trailer released for the film.
It's been a slow-but-steady approach to marketing The Hunger Games so far, releasing images, posters, and even fairly inconsequential casting tidbits one at a time. Fans previously had to participate in a viral game in order to check out the Districts of Panem "seals" - however, you can check out all the newly-unveiled character banners right here at Screen Rant, in the gallery above (continue reading on for more information about the film and larger versions of said posters).
For those new to this Hunger Games... game, here is the plot of writer/director Gary Ross' film adaptation (in a nutshell):
In a dystopian future America [now called Panem], a nation made up of twelve impoverished districts, all ruled by a militant capitol where technology and excess are a way of life. Every year the capitol holds a televised battle royal, where one male and female teenager from the twelve districts must battle to the death for the pleasure of capitol. When a young hunter from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen sacrifices herself to save her little sister from the games, she embarks on a brave fight for survival that could change a nation.
Anyone well-versed in the art of storytelling can probably tell (from the above synopsis alone) that Hunger Games is the first in a series of stories. Collins constructed the tale of Katniss as a literary trilogy - one that Lionsgate intends to eventually split up into four movies, should the first installment prove to be a satisfactory hit at the box office.
However, these new Hunger Games posters focus solely on eight important characters in the first movie (click on the following actors/actress' respective names, for additional information):
- Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence)
- Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)
- Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth)
- Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks)
- Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson)
- Cinna (Lenny Kravitz)
- Rue (Amandla Stenberg)
- Cato (Alexander Ludwig)
Be sure to let us know what you think of these respective Hunger Games characters' looks in the comments section of this article.
The Hunger Games will arrive in U.S. theaters on March 23rd, 2012.