According to the film’s plot, Young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth), who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family, has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.
Francis Lawrence directs from a screenplay by Michael Arndt and Michael Lesslie based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The film also stars Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff, Fionnula Flanagan as Grandma’am, Ashley Liao as Clemensia Dovecote, Max Raphael as Festus Creed, Zoe Renée as Lysistrata Vickers, Nick Benson as Jessup, Isobel Jesper Jones as Mayfair Lipp, Dakota Shapiro as Billy Taupe, Vaughan Reilly as Maude Ivory, and Honor Gillies as Barb Azure.
During CinemaCon 2023, Director Francis Lawrence said, “I just thought it’d be really interesting if we created a history of it so that maybe she didn’t come up with it on her own. Maybe she’d heard about this girl from a long time ago having done the same thing.” Lawrence added, “We’re also trying to find the ways of linking it to the other movies and to the things that people love.”
Produced by Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Francis Lawrence. Recently, the first look poster was revealed. See the new poster.
Dave Cobb co-wrote and produced the original songs performed by Rachel Zegler in ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.’ Cobb previously worked on the ‘A Star Is Born’ soundtrack with Lady Gaga, particularly the song “Always Remember Us This Way.”
Producer Nina Jacobson said, “It is such a completely original Lucy moment.” Jacobson added, “She’s such a different character from Katniss. She’s such a performer. Katniss is the opposite. This is a woman who loves and lives to perform. To see the connection there, the history that she represents, and to think that Katniss Everdeen grew up knowing about Lucy Gray and this moment, it was just a great kind of microcosm of both how much of a new ground it is and how rooted it is in what we’ve seen, but in this backward-looking way.”
From Lionsgate, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters on November 17, 2023.
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