Prepare to return to the brutal world of The Hunger Games. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a new film set in the world of The Hunger Games, based on Suzanne Collins’ prequel novel of the same name.
The film recounts the ascent of an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), appointed to coach District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) for the 10th annual Hunger Games, decades before Katniss Everdeen participated. Ahead, read everything you need to know about the project.
When Will The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Be Released?
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released in theatres on November 17th, 2023. The film has been in the works since Collins’ novel was published in May 2020, and filmmaker Francis Lawrence, who directed the final three Hunger Games films, has confirmed his return.Look at the tweet-
— The Hunger Games 🔥 (@TheHungerGames) April 27, 2023
Is There a Trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes?
On June 5, 2022, a teaser trailer for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was released. This trailer reveals nothing and largely announces the impending film.
The highly renowned soundtrack returns changed for the prequel but still composed by James Newton Howard. The closing image in the video, of a serpent writhing beneath a songbird, is the same as the cover of the book’s original material.
On April 27, 2023, the complete trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes was posted on Lionsgate’s YouTube channel shortly after it was displayed during Lionsgate’s CinemaCon presentation.
On August 8, 2023, we received a new promo film for The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, inviting you to join the prestigious Academy. You can see it right here:
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Who Is in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes?
The cast of “The Hunger Games” Prequel Movie:
- Tom Blyth as Young Coriolanus Snow
- Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
- Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow
- Peter Dinklage as Dean Casca Highbottom
- Viola Davis as Dr Volumnia Gail
- Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius Flickerman
- Isobel Jesper Jones as Mayfair Lipp
Other Cast Members:
- Fionnula Flanagan
- Flora Li Thiemann
- Honour Gillies
- Eike Onyambu
- Konstantin Taffet
- Burn Gorman
- Scott Folan
- Carl Spencer
- Michael Greco
- Daniela Grubert
- Kjell Brutscheidt
- Ashley Liao
- Sofia Sanchez
- Josh Andres Rivera
- Mackenzie Lansing
- Lilly Maria Cooper
- Zoe Renee
- Max Raphael
- Vaughan Reilly
- Dakota Shapiro
- Nick Benson
- George Somner
Lionsgate previously gave fans a taste of the upcoming prequel by dropping an image of Rachel Zegler and Tom Blythe in the movie:
— Fandom (@getFANDOM) August 16, 2022
When and Where Did The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Film?
In July 2022, production on the prequel began in London. Rachel Ziegler stated in early November 2022 that filming for The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes has finally ended.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Plot
Taking place 64 years before the unfolding of the Hunger Games trilogy – encompassing The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay – this film’s narrative predates the emergence of iconic figures like Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark.
Precisely, the story unfolds a decade after the district’s First Rebellion, a period often referred to as the Dark Days. It places its spotlight on the 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, a significant juncture long before his ascent to the despotic leadership portrayed in The Hunger Games.
By an official synopsis, a young and charismatic Coriolanus Snow grapples with his family’s dire circumstances. Despite their hardships, he discerns a glimmer of opportunity when bestowed the mentor role for the Tenth Hunger Games. However, his optimism is swiftly dashed when he is tasked with mentoring the girl tribute hailing from the poverty-stricken District 12.
Director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson have divulged further insights, heralding a novel portrayal of Panem. Jacobson shared her excitement to unveil an alternative facet of Panem’s history, notably distinct in style, design, characters, and perspective.
Lawrence concurred, revealing that the film offers a fresh canvas for recreating District 12, the Capitol, and a wholly innovative arena. Esteemed production designer Uli Hanisch is at the helm of this creative transformation, promising audiences a reimagined rendition of Panem.
Delving into author Suzanne Collins’ rich lore, Lawrence emphasized her masterful exploration of the mythos, delving into the world’s genesis. He highlighted the insights awaiting viewers, including glimpses into Katniss’ backstory and a comprehensive understanding of Snow’s origins, the Games’ historical context, and the roots of iconic musical elements such as ‘The Hanging Tree’.
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