Not that Katniss Everdeen has ever had the most pleasant of lives, but if the newly released poster of The Hunger Games heroine for Mockingjay – Part 1 is any indication, things are about to become that much more grim for the most famous citizen of District 13.

In anticipation of the November 21 release date, Lionsgate has been slowly doling out posters of key characters and new faces from the highly anticipated film. And, damn, do the pictures look pretty. And dark. Oh. So. Dark.


Folks who have read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy won’t be surprised in the least that the films Mockingjay – Part 1 and Part 2, which will hit theaters in November 2015, will have a decidedly grimmer tone than the previous installments in the franchise. Part 1 will center on the rebellion of many of the districts’ citizens against the Capitol and its tyrannical rule. Katniss, portrayed again by Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook, X-Men: Days of Future Past), will become the face of the rebellion, the “Mockingjay.”

It is telling how the posters make use of the blacks and whites as their palettes, with few, if any, other splashes of color visible. This is most likely to delineate the differences between the rebellion and the Capitol and to highlight that, when it comes to freedom and liberty, there is only black and white. The members of the rebellion are donning black clothing and equipment, most likely a nod to their need to keep in the shadows as they attempt revolution.

The Capitol figures, including President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland (Six Degrees of Separation, MASH), are decked out in white, which might be an allusion to the Capitol’s attempts to appear as the symbol of good and order to maintain control of its people. That said, what of the characters who are wearing muted grey colors? What do their clothes say about their ultimate roles in Collins’ tale?

While The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is still a few months away, you can whet your appetites with the released posters and the teaser trailer featured below.