If the The Hunger Games: Catching Fire isn’t the biggest movie of this fall, it’s destined to be near the top. After all, the first one raked in $691 million worldwide, so expectations are rather elevated. All the recent talk of the knock offs and pretenders to the dystopian young adult throne—films like Divergent and The Maze Runner—seems to have momentarily overshadowed the second installment in Suzanne Collins’ massive YA franchise, but Lionsgate is back to remind you of who is really number one. The latest tidbit from Panem is a super banner that depicts all of the various tributes to this installment of the Hunger Games. (Click HERE for a larger view.)
In this high-profile sequel, the annual competition that pits young people against one another in a winner-takes-all death match, takes on a different form. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Games, the so-called Quarter Quell, and every 25 years, the powers that be in the Capital like to do something special for the oppressed masses out in the Districts, to give them a real show. Instead of simply picking a random male and female teen from each district, the field this time around is made up entirely of previous winners.
It also serves as a easy solution for President Snow (Donald Sutherland) to exact a little payment for the stunt that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) pulled at the previous games, when both her and her fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) made it out alive. This is a move that both went against the Capital’s all-powerful image, as well as incited the oppressed masses to rebel against their masters. Snow just can’t have that, and when Katniss and Peeta fail to help quench the bubbling revolution, he decides to put them to death in the most public fashion imaginable.
We know that the arena for the 75th games revolves around water, and this banner shows all of the tributes in their standard issue uniforms that just so happen to resemble wetsuits. Since each of these competitors is a previous winner, they’re also each capable of killing should the need arise, and thus the playing field for Katniss and Peeta has shifted somewhat. This time they’ll face off against former victors pictured here. Some of the key players include the likes of Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), Wiress (Amanda Plummer), Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), Cashmere (Stephanie Leigh Schlund), Brutus (Bruno Gunn), Enobaria (Meta Golding), and Mags (Lynn Cohen). Given that some of these tributes won many years ago, and that there is a finite number to choose from, some, like Mags, are old and senile, while others, like Finnick, are young, deadly, and have become celebrated celebrities all over Panem.
The Hunger Games: Cathing Fire opens wide on November 22.