West Side Story star Josh Andrés Rivera has been cast as Sejanus Plinth in ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.’ Andrés Rivera will star alongside Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth. The film is a spin-off and a prequel to The Hunger Games trilogy. Andrés Rivera will portray the role of Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of young Coriolanus Snow and the mentor to a tribute from District 2.
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is directed by Francis Lawrence. The prequel film in the franchise, which has grossed over $3 billion globally, is based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins, and the release date is slated for Nov. 17, 2023.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ official synopsis follows, “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. 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.”
Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers on the new project.
The film was executive produced by Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller. “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is being written by Michael Lesslie, who worked with Justin Kurzel on “Macbeth” and “Assassin’s Creed,” based on the work of writers Collins and Michael Arndt (who also co-wrote earlier “Hunger Games” film “Catching Fire”).
Source: The Wrap