The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel to the megahit Hunger Games franchise, has confirmed a number of new additions to its roster.
The prequel, which is taken from Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name, is set many years before the adventures of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen and centers on the young Coriolanus Snow, who would become the tyrannical president of Panem and the role. played by Donald Sutherland in the original film series.
Production on the prequel has been underway for some time, and a teaser has been released (which you can see below), but only the film’s two leads have been formally confirmed.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will star Rachel Zegler, the rising star who played Maria in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, and will play Snow White in Disney’s luxurious new live-action version of their animated classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She takes on the role of Lucy Gray Baird, while English actor Tom Blyth, star of the recent Billy The Kid reboot, has been cast as the young Coriolanus Snow.
Joining Zegler and Blyth will be Euphoria star Hunter Schafer. Schafer, who plays Jules Vaughn in HBO’s hugely successful teen drama, will play Tigris Snow, the cousin and confidant of Coriolanus Snow.
In addition to Schafer, Mackenzie Lansing, who had a supporting role in Mare Of Easttown, joined the cast, as did Laurel Marsden, who is currently on screen in the new Marvel show Ms Marvel, and Lily Cooper, who played Myrtle in The Witcher’s. . first two seasons.
What is the plot of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? And when will we see?
The official synopsis for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes reads as follows: “Years before he became the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his decaying bloodline, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace. in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from impoverished District 12.”
He continues, “But after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he can turn the odds in his favor. Time to survive will eventually reveal who is a songbird and who is. a snake.”
Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games films (Catching A Fire, Mockingjay Part 1 and Mockingjay Part 2), is back to direct the prequel, which is due in theaters on November 17, 2023.
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