Everything You Need to Know about the ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel

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Viola Davis will be Head Gamemaker Dr. Volumnia Gaul

Having learned about The Hunger Games prequel being a definite yes since April at CinemaCon, uber-fans have been eagerly awaiting more details. It’s been speculated that the story of Panem would be continued since the book’s release was announced back in 2019, but the news confirmed that fans will finally see the backstory of antagonist Coriolanus Snow in film format.

While the movie definitely won’t have Katniss and Peeta (it takes place 64 years before the first Hunger Games book), Suzanne Collin’s prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, will introduce a young President Snow and an interesting new character, Lucy Gray Baird, from District 12 (yes, THAT District 12).

Related: The Fourth Hunger Games Book Is Finally Revealed

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Teaser Trailer

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Plot

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The prequel follows Snow during his time in the military and his role as a mentor during the 10th Hunger Games in post-war Panem. With Snow’s help, Lucy manages to survive deep into the Games, against all odds. As the story continues, we begin to see the writing on the wall as to who Snow will become in the decades that follow. Directing the film is Francis Lawrence, who also headed up Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2.

Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, shared in his announcement: “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is creatively thrilling and takes this world to complex new dimensions that open up amazing cinematic possibilities. We’re thrilled to reunite this filmmaking team with this very unique franchise, and we can’t wait to begin production.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Release Date

The film will be released in theaters on Nov. 17., 2023.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Cast

The hottest casting news on the block is that Viola Davis is joining the film. She has been cast as Head Gamemaker, Dr. Volumnia Gaul, who is the epitome of evil. Additionally, Tom Blyth has been cast as the 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, alongside West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler as Lucy. Other notables include Andrés Rivera (Sejanus Plinth), Hunter Schafer (Tigris), Jerome Lance (Marcus), Ashley Liao (Clemensia Dovecote), Aamer Husain (Felix Ravinstill), Knox Gibson (Bobbin), Mackenzie Lansing (Coral), Max Raphael (Festus Creed), Zoe Renee (Lysistrata Vickers), Ayomide Adegun (Pliny “Pup” Harrington) and Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman.

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