Heads up to all tributes out there. There is an upcoming The Hunger Games prequel movie. It is titled ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes‘. Which is the same title based on the 2020 novel made by the American author Suzanne Collins. In this prequel movie, Francis Lawrence who is also the director of three Hunger Games movies is back on board.

The synopsis for this takes place many decades back before the era of Katniss Everdeen. Read the official synopsis of the prequel:

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 a snake.”

Moreover, the cast for this movie has already been out in the public. They have been revealing them one by one since May 17 this year. Then the latest addition to the cast is The Academy-award-winning actress Viola Davis. So let’s find out more about the cast members and their roles in the movie.

Get to know the cast members of ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes’

The cast members
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow
  • Tom Blyth is a 27-year-old English actor who is known in the films such as Scott and Sid (2018) and Benediction (2021). He is going to play the infamous Coriolanus Snow when he was young.


Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
  • Rachel Zegler is a 21-year-old American actress who is going to play the heroine tribute Lucy Gray Baird from District 12. She also stars in the new Shazam!: Fury of the Gods movie.


Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth
  • Josh Andrés Rivera plays the other mentor of a tribute in the 10th Hunger Games alongside Snow. Rivera is also known for his portrayal in West Side Story (2021).


Hunter Schafer as Tigris
  • Hunter Schafer is a 23-year-old American actress portraying the character of young Tigris who happens to be the cousin of Snow. Tigris is also the one who helped the group of Katniss in her boutique store in the Mockingjay Part 2 movie.
  • Schafer is also the star of the hit HBO series Euphoria. She’s also in the horror film Cuckoo coming out next year.


Jason Schwartzman as Lucky Flickerman
  • Jason Schwartzman is going to portray Lucky Flickerman who is going to be the host of the 10th Hunger Games. Just like Caesar Flickerman in the first series of the franchise. The two could be related to each other.
  • The 42-year-old actor also stars in the films The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Isle of Dogs (2018), and more.


Peter Dinklage cast as Casca Highbottom
  • The Emmy-award-winning actor Peter Dinklage is going to play Casca Highbottom who is the dean of the Academy. He is also credited with the creation of the Hunger Games.
  • Dinklage is also known for his iconic role as Tyrion Lannister in the mega-hit HBO series Game of Thrones (GoT). He also stars in the films such as Pixels (2015), Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017), and more.


Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul
  • The latest addition is Viola Davis who is a critically acclaimed actress. She is going to portray Dr. Volumnia Gaul. Her character is an antagonist who is the Head Gamemaker in the Hunger Games.
  • Davis is also known for her portrayal of Annalise Keating’s role in the ABC series How to Get Away with Murder. She stars in the films such as Get On Up (2014), Lila & Eve (2015), Suicide Squad (2016), and the upcoming The Woman King next month.


The other tributes and mentors

Along with Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird, other tributes and mentors are going to represent their districts in the 10th Hunger Games. According to Deadline, these are the actors with their respective roles in the movie.

  • Jerome Lance as Marcus from District 2.
  • Mackenzie Lansing as Coral from District 4
  • Knox Gibson as Bobbin from District 8.
  • Ashley Liao as Clemensia Dovecote, a mentor for District 11 tribute.
  • Aamer Husain as Felix Ravinstill, also a mentor for District 11 tribute.

These are so far the confirmed actors and actresses in the prequel movie. It is certainly an exciting and star-studded ensemble to witness on the big screen. Moreover, we may get to know more in their announcements soon.


More about The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes
  • Suzanne Collins has only written a book for the prequel of Hunger Games. Unlike the trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and the Mockingjay) she made before.
  • So there is a chance that the prequel movie may not have a trilogy movie. However, the book is sorted out in 3 parts.


When is the release date of the movie?
  • The release date for this movie is going to be on November 17, 2023. Which is confirmed by Lionsgate.

Many fans of the books and movies are certainly anticipating this movie. This marks the beginning of how Snow became a tyrant. We are also going to know more about the world of Hunger Games.


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SOURCES: The Hunger Games, The Hollywood Reporter, Vanity Fair, Deadline