Everything we know so far

seven years later Mocking Jay Part 2 came out, a new one hunger games a prequel film is in the works, based on the book of the same name by author Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents. Released in 2020, Ballad focuses on the most hated character in the hunger games trilogy, President Snow, to tell the story of his villain.

Ballad is the fifth part of the hunger games film series, which has raised nearly $3 billion worldwide and boasts four of the five highest-grossing films in Lionsgate history. Along with returning to Panem, fans can also expect a new cast and new characters. Among the actors involved in Ballad Until its release, here’s everything fans of the franchise need to know about the upcoming movie.


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Ballad takes place 64 years before the events of the hunger games series, around the time of the 10th annual Hunger Games. President Snow is not yet the tyrannical leader of Panem that viewers have come to hate, but 18-year-old Coriolanus “Coryo” Snow, whose life is somewhat tragic. His once proud family has fallen on hard times and he is their last hope for redemption.

As one of the top-performing students at Panem’s Academy — an elite Capitol high school for wealthy kids — Snow believes he found his luck when he was selected to mentor a tribute chosen to compete in the 10th Hunger Games. However, his hopes are dashed when he discovers his mentee is Lucy Gray Baird from impoverished District 12, home to Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. Fortunately, Lucy also shares Katniss’ rebellious spirit, and once Snow sees this for himself, he begins to think he might be able to turn the odds in their favor.

Tom Blyth will play 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, the younger version of Donald Sutherland’s President Snow in the original hunger games movies. Blyth is best known for playing the title character in the epic adventure series Billy the kid, and also starred in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood and Terence Davies Blessing. Rachel Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird, Snow’s mentee and District 12 female tribute. Zegler made her film debut as Maria Vasquez in Steven Spielberg. West Side Story adaptation in 2021, a role that won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy.

Joining them are Zegler West Side Story co-star Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of young Snow; and Viola Davis (Ugly, Fences) as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the villainous chief game designer. Hunter Schäfer (Euphoria, Beautiful) will play Tigris, Snow’s older cousin played by Eugénie Bondurant in Mocking Jay Part 2. Jason Schwartzmann (Rushmore, The French Dispatch) appears as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, the host of the 10th Hunger Games and ancestor of Stanley Tucci’s Caesar Flickerman.

The film will also star Peter Dinklage (game of thrones, Cyrano) as Casca Highbottom, the Dean of the Academy; Laurel Marsden (To survive, Ms. Marvellisten)) as Mayfair Lipp, the daughter of Mayor Lipp of District 12; and Nick Benson (Best player, Boo, bitch) as Jessup Diggs, District 12’s male tribute. Many, many more new faces will also appear among this star-studded cast.

Francis Lawrence, director of hunger games sequels Catch fire, Mockingjay Part 1, and Mocking Jay Part 2is to lead Ballad. Lawrence also directed the sci-fi Will Smith I’m a legendthe romantic drama Robert Pattinson/Reese Witherspoon Some water for the elephantsand Jennifer Lawrence’s thriller red sparrow.

Suzanne Collins and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sun, Catch fire) will return to write the script for Balladalongside Michael Lesslie (macbeth, Assassin’s Creed). Franchise producers Nina Jacobsen and Brad Simpson will also be back for the film. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers, with Lionsgate distributing Balladas he did the original four hunger games movies. In an interview with DeadlineCollins expresses his joy at working with the film studio again:

“From the beginning, they treated the source material with great respect, honoring the thematic and narrative elements of the story and bringing together an incredible team in front of and behind the camera.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents is slated for a theatrical release on November 17, 2023. It is around this time of year that the hunger games sequels were also released. Dream works’ Trolls 3 and directed by John Krasinski Whether should be out the same day.

Fans may have a long wait for the film, but the anticipation and hype will only grow. In the meantime, this is the perfect opportunity to read the book for those who haven’t yet, or to review and/or reread the original. hunger games Material.

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