"CITIZENS: Your undivided attention is mandatory."
The latest Hunger Games PR campaign kicked off last night with the release of this ominous new teaser-trailer for Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which hits theaters November 21. President Snow (Donald Sutherland), the malevolent leader of the fascist dystopia of Panem, urges the end of hunger strikes in the Districts by warning that "if you resist the system, if you starve yourself, if you fight against it, it is you who will bleed."
By his side is Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), one of the three points in the Katniss Everdeen love triangle at the center of the story. Fans of the movie might be left wondering why the District 12 Tribute is seemingly complicit in Snow's propaganda (while fans of Suzanne Collins' YA-novel series will nod knowingly).
The trailer is accompanied by a link to the in-world Hunger Games website, thecapitol.pn, as well as the twitter hashtag #OnePanem. It's interesting to compare the tone of this Mockingjay teaser with that of the recent trailers for The Purge: Anarchy (coming July 18). Both carry the menacing weight of a repressive, totalitarian government edict, and the implicit threat of imminent violence. But while the recorded voice we hear in The Purge has the ironic ring of a friendly Public Service Announcement, Snow goes for a more foreboding yet paternalistic vibe.
In the film, Jennifer Lawrence will be returning to the lead role, along with Liam Hemsworth, Stanley Tucci, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks. Julianne Moore will join the cast as President Coin. The late Philip Seymour Hoffman will also appear, reprising his role as Plutarch Heavensbee. The final installment in the series, Mockingjay — Part 2, is expected to be released November 20, 2015.