Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes us back to Panem a decade after the final installment of The Hunger Games trilogy was published, and five years after the films were released.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years before the events of the first book and follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who is tasked with training District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird for the 10th annual Hunger Games.
Snow finds himself collaborating with Lucy in order to ensure that she wins the games and, as a result, he ensures the distinguished future he craves. To the pleasure of fans, the film adaptation was approved before the book was even published. Our Hunger Games passions were renewed as a result. Everything you need to know about the upcoming prequel film is right here.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Release Date
On November 17th, 2023, audiences will be able to see The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes for the first time. You can see the tweet below:
The movie has been in the works since well before Collins’ novel was ever published in May of 2020, and Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three films in The Hunger Games franchise, is set to oversee it once again.
What Actors Appear In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?
The following stars have been confirmed for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
- Tom Blyth as Coriolanus ‘Coryo’ Snow
- Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
- Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth
- Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow
- Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman
- Laurel Marsden as Mayfair Lipp
- Nick Benson as Jessup Diggs
- Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom
Coriolanus Snow, the villainous president from the Hunger Games movie who was portrayed as an older man by Donald Sutherland, will be played by Tom Blyth as a young man. Meanwhile, West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird, a member of a District 12 traveling musician ensemble who is lured into the Hunger Games.
Lionsgate previously teased fans with an image of Rachel Zegler and Tom Blythe from the upcoming prequel: Sejanus Plinth, a kid from District 12 whose social rising family has made their way to the Capital, will be played by Zegler’s West Side Story co-star Josh Andrés Rivera. Snow makes friends with Sejanus.
Euphoria actor Hunter Schafer plays Tigris, who was first seen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two and is Coriolanus Snow’s cousin and three years his senior. Benson plays Jessup, the District 12 male tribute in the 10th Hunger Games, while Ms. Marvel actress Laurel Marsden plays Mayfair Lipp, the daughter of District 12 Mayor Lipp.
Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, an ancestor of Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman from the first trilogy, is played by Hollywood star Jason Schwartzman. Finally, Game of Thrones legend Peter Dinklage has been cast as Casca Highbottom, one of the Hunger Games architects and the best friend of Coriolanus’ father and the other games’ architect, Crassus Snow.
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Is a Trailer For The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Available?
Yes, at this point we have our first decent glimpse at the star-studded cast, which includes actors such as Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Tom Blyth, amongst others. Take a look below:
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Plot
The film will take place 64 years before the events of the Hunger Games trilogy – The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay – and will take place before characters like Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark were born.
It is set ten years after the district’s First Rebellion, also known as the Dark Days, with a focus on 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, decades before he became the ruthless leader we know from The Hunger Games.
According to an official synopsis: “Young Coriolanus is handsome and charming, and though the Snow family has fallen on hard times, he sees a chance for a change in his fortunes when he is chosen to be a mentor for the Tenth Hunger Games… only to have his elation dashed when he is assigned to mentor the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.”
Lawrence and Jacobson earlier teased fans with more information, promising a new version of Panem.
“To be able to show a different side of Panem at a different time in its history has been really exciting,” Jacobson said in a first look at the upcoming prequel for Vanity Fair. “It’s completely different stylistically, in terms of design, character, and point of view.”
Lawrence added: “We also get to remake District 12, remake all of the Capitol, and a brand-new arena,” which is being created by production designer Uli Hanisch, who will provide viewers with a “new version” of Panem.
“Suzanne has done such a great job of going back into the mythology and telling a story about the creation of the world,” Lawrence continued. “You get a little background of Katniss. You will obviously get a lot of the background of Snow, the history of the Games, the history of some of the music, where songs like ‘The Hanging Tree’ actually come from.”
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