Release Information for the Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Suzanne Collins brought us back to Panem in her novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which was published in 2020. This was ten years after the final book in her Hunger Games trilogy had been published, and five years after the films based on the books had been released in theaters.
In The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which takes place 64 years before the events of the first book, the protagonist, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, is given the responsibility of guiding Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from District 12, through the 10th annual Hunger Games.
Snow ends up cooperating with Lucy in order to increase her chances of winning the games, which will, in turn, increase his chances of having the distinguished future that he so desperately wants.
The movie adaptation was given the go-ahead before the novel had even been published, much to the pleasure of the fans who were waiting for it. And with that, our obsession with The Hunger Games was brought back to life.
Everything you need to know about the upcoming movie that serves as a prequel is provided here.
Date of release for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: When will it be available?
The announcement that The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will have its premiere in theaters on November 17, 2023, was made public by Lionsgate during CinemaCon in the previous year.
The release window coincides with the debuts of the last three films in the Hunger Games franchise: Catching Fire (2013), Mockingjay Part 1 (2014), and Mockingjay Part 2 (2015). Each of these films was released in November of its respective year: 2013, 2014, and 2015.
The cast of characters in “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”: Who is a part of it?
Tom Blythe, best known for his role in The Gilded Age, will play the starring role of 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow. Francis Lawrence, the film’s director, has described Snow as “a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to the core.” Blythe will play Snow.
Lawrence made the following observation in reference to Blythe’s performance as the future President of Panem: “Tom’s take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become.”
West Side Story and Shazam! both come to mind. Rachel Zegler, who starred in Fury of the Gods, has been cast in the role of Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute who plays an important part in the events that transpire after she defiantly sings during the reaping ceremony.
“Like everybody else, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody else, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation,” Lawrence said. “I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation because I was watching Rachel Ziegler.”
“As an actress, Lucy Gray is the role that was made for her. Not only is the character fearless, independent, and stubborn, but she is also vulnerable, emotional, and caring. Rachel’s performance in this role will leave a lasting impression.
Josh Andrés Rivera, who played Zegler’s co-star in West Side Story and who is also Zegler’s real-life partner, has joined the cast as Sejanus Plinth, a mentor for District Two who is also Snow’s close friend.
The addition of Viola Davis to the cast of the film as Dr. Voluminia Gaul, Head Gamemaker, contributes to the growing star power of the film. In the first two movies, the role of Head Gamemaker was taken up by both Wes Bentley’s character Seneca Crane and Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s character Plutarch Heavensbee.
Lawrence describes Dr. Gaul as “as cruel as she is creative, and as fearsome as she is formidable.” Lawrence says this of Dr. Gaul.
Hunter Schafer, of the band Euphoria, has been cast in the role of Tigris Snow, the cousin and close friend of Coriolanus Snow.
Peter Dinklage, well known for his role as Jon Snow in the HBO series Game of Thrones, will play Casca Highbottom, the Dean of the Academy and the unwitting originator of the Hunger Games.
“Snow’s relationship with Dean Highbottom is one of the most important aspects of her life. In his role as the stern and vengeful face of the games, he establishes the guidelines that will be used to decide every element of Coriolanus’s future. Lawrence said, “I couldn’t be more thrilled that Peter will be bringing him to life.”
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse actor Jason Schwartzman is in talks to play Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman, the host of the 10th Hunger Games and an ancestor to Caesar Flickerman, who was portrayed in the Hunger Games franchise by Stanley Tucci.
Vaughan Reilly, formerly of Russian Doll, along with newcomers Irene Boehm, Cooper Dillon, Luna Kuse, Kjell Brutscheidt, Dimitri Abold, Athena Strates, Dakota Shapiro, and George Somner will all play members of the Covey. The Covey is a group of Panem nomads noted for their musical prowess.
Other cast members include Fionnula Flanagan as Snow’s grandmother, Flora Li Thiemenn (Tigermilk) as one of the tribute’s mentors, and Isobel Jesper Jones (The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself) as the daughter of District 12’s mayor. Isobel Jesper Jones also has a role in “The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself.”
What happens in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and why is it important?
The following is an excerpt from the official synopsis for Songbirds & Snakes: “Years, before he would become the dictatorial 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. Songbirds & Snakes is based on the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
“With the 10th annual Hunger Games drawing ever closer, the young Snow is frightened when he is assigned to teach Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from District 12, which is known for its extreme poverty. But after Lucy Gray’s defiant performance during the reaping ceremony, which captured everyone’s attention in Panem, Snow begins to believe that he may be able to swing the odds in their favor and save their lives.
“Snow and Lucy’s struggle against the passage of time to survive will, in the end, reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake by combining their natural instincts for showmanship with their newly discovered political savvy.”
Producer Nina Jacobson has previously teased fans about what they may anticipate seeing in the highly anticipated picture by saying, “This is the 10th Hunger Games as opposed to Catching Fire’s 75th.
“I believe that the Hunger Games are quite a little more low-key than they finally turn out to be, and as a result, I believe that it is a lot of fun to see what they were like in the beginning. I believe that having a Capitol figure with a point of view that takes you through a good section of the plot is something that we have never really done before.”
Are there any clips available yet from The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes trailer?
You won’t be able to watch the official trailer just yet, but you can view the first teaser trailer above as you wait for the official one to be released.
In the video, we get a glimpse of a snake and a songbird that have been frosted up but before they melt the ice and change into gold, we see them far up in the trees.
The caption says, “You’re invited to return to the game in 2023,” and it includes an invitation. “Everyone on the planet will find out who is a songbird… and who is a snake.”
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