Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler will lead ‘The Hunger Games’ prequel ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.’ directed by Francis Lawrence, it will follow a young Coriolanus Snow as he mentors and develops feelings for Lucy Gray, the District 12 tribute, during the 10th Hunger Games.
Zegler will portray the role of Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth will be playing the young Coriolanus Snow, that role made famous by Donald Sutherland in the original trilogy. Hunger Games franchise has grossed over $3 billion WW.
The official press release revealed Zegler’s casting and the cast involved in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Francis Lawrence praise
An official press release revealed the news, as Zegler’s casting was praised by several key parties involved in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Included in Lionsgate’s announcement were the following remarks from director Francis Lawrence told about Zegler’s that.
“Like everybody, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation,” said Lawrence. “Lucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent, and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”
Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson told “Lucy Gray is an incredibly complex character, a performer who has to use every skill in her arsenal to survive. Our casting team, Deb Zane and Dylan Jury, spearheaded an exhaustive search, reading hundreds of actors in search of our perfect Lucy Gray. That search ended when Rachel Zegler blew the roof off with her depth and breadth of talent as an actor, singer, and performer. Rachel is utterly compelling; just like Lucy Gray, her voice and charisma command the stage while her inner strength and humanity transform those around her.”
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters on Nov 17, 2023.