Aside from Jennifer Lawrence’s face and Stanley Tucci’s gleaming teeth, images of golden Mockingjay birds and flames are the defining iconography of the Hunger Games films, so the new poster for Mockingjay – Part 1 should not come as a surprise to anyone.
Still, we must admit the smallest inkling of disappointment that the first teaser poster isn’t more distinctive, but then it’ll look good on a wall besides the others, which at this stage is really the point. Perhaps when the IMAX poster – should there be one – rolls around, things will once more get truly creative.
Directed by Francis Lawrence and adapted by Danny Strong from Suzanne Collins' third novel, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 make up the third and fourth instalments of heroine Katniss Everdeen’s journey as she leads the districts of Panem in a rebellion against the tyrannical and corrupt Capitol. As the war that will determine the fate of Panem escalates, Katniss must decide for herself whom she can trust and what needs to be done, with everything she cares for in the balance.
With Lawrence back as Katniss surrounded by fellow veterans Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin and Woody Harrelson plus franchise newcomers Julianne Moore, Lily Rabe, Natalie Dormer and Robert Knepper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 flies into cinemas on November 21, followed by Part 2 on November 20 2015.