Lionsgate shared its first look at the protagonists of the upcoming The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.
The first look photo shows both Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird. They’ll be joined in the film by Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, and Jason Schwartzman.
Check out The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes photo below:
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“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol,” reads the synopsis. “With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”
Written by Michael Lesslie and based on a draft by Collins and Michael Arndt, the film will be helmed by Hunger Games films director Francis Lawrence. It will be shepherded by franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson, along with Francis Lawrence. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are overseeing on behalf of the studio.
The prequel is currently scheduled for a November 17, 2023, theatrical release.