We may be two-thirds of the way through the years, but November will still see the release of two of our most highly anticipated sci-fi movies of 2014. First up is Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which looks gorgeous, thematically rich, and basically fantastic in every way a movie can look good. And at the end of month, a YA juggernaut returns, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1. The first part of the final chapter, the film opens everywhere on November 21 (Part 2 follows a year later, November 20, 2015), and to hype the film, which barely needs it at this point, Lionsgate has release a new collection of stills.
After making her escape from the Hunger Games arena—okay, other people rescued her more than she escaped on her own—Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence, now the highest grossing female action star ever according to the Guinness Book of World Records) finds herself in District 13, the seat of the revolution against the Capital, a place that everyone else thought was destroyed long ago. There she must deal with the trauma she’s endured, stand up to the pressure of being the public face of the rebellion, navigate treacherous political waters where she’s just as valuable dead as alive, and figure out a way to rescue Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and try not to break Gale’s (Liam Hemsworth) heart in the process. It’s going to be a tricky time.
As she’s the heroine, not to mention one of the biggest stars in the world right now, most of these images show off Katniss, though there are also a few of Gale, as well as Natalie Dormer’s (Game of Thrones) Cressida. She’s a director of sorts, who leads a camera crew into battle in order to capture the heroism of Katniss and her “star squad” in action (that’s why they wear those snazzy get ups, they look good on camera). This footage is then used as propaganda against the Capital and President Snow (Donald Sutherland). In the mean time, Peeta, a prisoner of Snow, is being used in much the same way. This may be a war of violent uprising, but it’s also a publicity battle for the hearts and minds of the rank and file citizenry.
There are shots that are obviously from scenes within the movie, but there are many that are also very obviously posed. This raises an interesting question, are these simply publicity stills for the movie, or are they essentially the same thing, but from within the world of movie? If I had to guess, I would suppose that they are actually shots of Katniss from inside of the film, she’s basically a spokeswoman for the revolution as much as Lawrence, in real life, is the face of Dior and other brands. Should this be the way it turns out, that’s an interesting parallel to draw between Lawrence’s character in the film and the reality of her daily life.
And if you haven’t watched it yet, you should definitely go HERE and check out the new trailer that dropped on Monday, it may just give you chills.