“The Hunger Games” Returns with Epic Prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes”

"The Hunger Games" Prequel "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" Reveals Coriolanus Snow's Rise to Power

Get ready to experience the backstory of “The Hunger Games” film series as it returns with an epic prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” set to hit theaters on November 17th, 2023. This film takes us back 64 years before the heroic Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute and showcases a young Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth, before he became the tyrannical President of Panem.


“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” follows a young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his family’s legacy at stake, Snow reluctantly takes on the role of mentor to Lucy Gray Baird (portrayed by Rachel Zegler) a tribute from the poverty-stricken District 12. When Lucy Gray’s charisma captivates the audience, Snow sees an opportunity to change their fates. With everything on the line, Snow teams up with Lucy Gray to shift the odds in their favor. Will he ultimately choose to be a songbird or a snake as he battles his instincts for both good and evil?

Watch the trailer here

The film features a star-studded cast, including Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis. The trailer promises a dramatic return to Panem and the iconic Hunger Games that made the original series a sensation. Viewers will get a first proper look at Tom Blyth as an 18-year-old Snow and Rachel Zegler as District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird.

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Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novel “The Hunger Games” became an instant classic that captivated audiences with its powerful themes and unforgettable characters. Now, with “The Ballads of Songbirds & Snakes,” Collins takes us back in time to explore the origin of one of the most complex and compelling villains in recent memory. The trailer promises a thrilling and unforgettable journey into the heart of Panem’s past.

This post is written, edited and published by the Cinecelluloid staff.

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