When The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 hits theaters on November 21, fans of the highly profitable, much loved series will get their first real look at a new setting, District 13. We saw a bit of it at the very end of Catching Fire, but this time out we’ll get a good and proper look at the place. As we move towards fall, the viral marketing campaign for the movie (is it really necessary to pump up a movie like this, one that everyone is already going to see?) is kicking in, and Lionsgate and Summit are back with a group of new character posters from Katniss’ new digs.
In Suzanne Collins’ novels, District 13 is a part of the dystopian world of Panem. It was presumed destroyed as a result of the uprising that led to the creation of The Hunger Games—the winner take all, teens fighting to the death tournament that passes for entertainment in this particular iteration of the future. That didn’t happen, and they’ve been existing in relative secret ever since. When Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is rescued from the arena, this is where she and some of her fellows hide out. This place, and the people who dwell there, play a big part in the action of the final chapter of the saga—final two chapters in movie form. It serves as a staging ground for the rebellion against the Capital and President Snow (Donald Sutherland).
District 13 is grim and bleak, though in a different way than the other 12 districts. These posters don’t really give you much of an idea about District 13, but they definitely show you the state of mind of some of the characters that find themselves there.
Beetee (Jeffrey Wright), now confined to a wheelchair, seems to have lost that mischievous glint he usually has in his eyes.
Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin) is, much like Katniss, is having a hard time, and the grey, stoic environs of District 13 seem to fit his brutal mood and severe depression.
Julianne Moore plays President Alma Coin, leader of District 13, and while she definitely falls on the side of the rebellion, she doesn’t exactly have Katniss’ best interests at heart, using her as a symbol of the uprising, one that might be even more useful dead.
Coin is in cahoots with Plutarch Heavensbee (the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman), the former Head Games Maker from the Capital now turned revolutionary PR man.
Haymich Abernathy (Woody Harrelson) has always been something of a gloomy gus, so he’s not terribly out of place standing against a chalky cinderblock wall. He’s probably passed out against them more than once. If only he could get his hands on some hooch.
Out of all of these characters, the biggest change is Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks). Awash in the intense, over the top couture of the Capital, she was a bright, bubbly, effervescent and vapid fashionista. Now, however, she has been reduced to wearing drab, monochromatic outfits, and she doesn’t look particularly happy about the situation. Though she does add her own individual flair to her outfit.