The Hunger Games
Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close

The Hunger Games Prequel Features the 10th Annual Competition

Let the 10th annual Hunger Games begin! 

Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth play Lucy Gray Baird and Coriolanus Snow in the hit series prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

The image was first shown at Vanity Fair, showing the two characters in a romantic picnic setting, but not what we’d expect from the future Snow portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the main Hunger Games show.

“This is a love story,” says filmmaker Francis Lawrence, who directed the three Hunger Games films, beginning with Catching Fire in 2013, in an interview with VF. “It’s this kind of love story set in a different kind of world in a different time. A very intimate love story.” 

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, inspired by the book of the same name, is set years before Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen exists.

Set at a time when it’s the 10th edition of the Hunger Games in Panem, then 18-year-old Coriolanus is tasked with guiding Lucy, a District 12 tribute who wins the heart of the land of Panem when she sings boldly at the reaping ceremony.

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“This is not with judgment, but Lucy Gray is the anti-Katniss,” Lawrence states. “She’s a musician, she’s a performer, she’s a charmer… Snow has never met a girl like this before.” 

Award-winning actress Viola Davis was recruited for the role of Volumnia Gaul, the game maker. She now stands among a set of actors to portray the roles in the new story. 

Other casts include Peter Dinklage as the accidental maker of the Hunger Games, Casca Highbottom; Josh Andres Rivera as Sejanus Plinth – Snow’s friend; Hunter Schafer as Tigris; Jerome Lance as District 2 tribute Marcus; Ashley Liao as Clemensia Dovecote, a mentor; Knox Gibson as Bobbin, a District 8 tribute; Mackenzie Lansing as Coral, a District 4 tribute; Aamer Husain as a mentor; and Felix Ravinstill as a tribute of District 11. 

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set to drop in theaters on November 17, 2023.

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Photo: EW

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