Rachel Zegler to Star in the Hunger Games PrequelRachel Zegler to Star in the Hunger Games Prequel

The Hunger Games prequel movie is officially happening, and we already know who’s joining the cast. On May 31, Deadline reported that “West Side Story” actor Rachel Zegler has been cast as lead Lucy Gray Baird. She’ll star in the film alongside Tom Blyth, who was previously announced to play the role of young Coriolanus Snow, aka President Snow.

The exciting casting news for the prequel comes just a month after Lionsgate’s April 28 CinemaCon announcement that the movie, titled “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” is currently in production and will be released Nov. 17, 2023.

The forthcoming movie is based on Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins’s prequel of the same name that was released in May 2020. The plot turns its attention to President Snow when he was just 18 years old. He’s chosen to be the mentor of Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from District 12 during the 10th Hunger Games, while he attends the academy in the Capitol. The story’s events take place 64 years before the original novels and films and only 10 years after Panem’s first rebellion. While Katniss Everdeen’s Panem is under harsh government control, this Panem is still grappling with the after-effects of war and rebuilding.

At CinemaCon, Lionsgate played footage from the movie but didn’t reveal any more specifics. Instead, the brief clip only showed icy tree branches alongside text that read, “The world will discover who is a songbird and who is a snake.”

The original Hunger Games movies starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the unlikely and reluctant hero who becomes a symbol of revolution. Alongside Lawrence were castmates Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Sam Claflin. Donald Sutherland played the menacing President Snow in the original films.

Read ahead for everything we know about “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” so far, including the cast, plot, release date, and more.

The Hunger Games prequel movie is officially happening, and we already know who’s joining the cast. On May 31, Deadline reported that “West Side Story” actor Rachel Zegler has been cast as lead Lucy Gray Baird. She’ll star in the film alongside Tom Blyth, who was previously announced to play the role of young Coriolanus Snow, aka President Snow.

The exciting casting news for the prequel comes just a month after Lionsgate’s April 28 CinemaCon announcement that the movie, titled “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” is currently in production and will be released Nov. 17, 2023.

The forthcoming movie is based on Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins’s prequel of the same name that was released in May 2020. The plot turns its attention to President Snow when he was just 18 years old. He’s chosen to be the mentor of Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from District 12 during the 10th Hunger Games, while he attends the academy in the Capitol. The story’s events take place 64 years before the original novels and films and only 10 years after Panem’s first rebellion. While Katniss Everdeen’s Panem is under harsh government control, this Panem is still grappling with the after-effects of war and rebuilding.

At CinemaCon, Lionsgate played footage from the movie but didn’t reveal any more specifics. Instead, the brief clip only showed icy tree branches alongside text that read, “The world will discover who is a songbird and who is a snake.”

The original Hunger Games movies starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, the unlikely and reluctant hero who becomes a symbol of revolution. Alongside Lawrence were castmates Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and Sam Claflin. Donald Sutherland played the menacing President Snow in the original films.

Read ahead for everything we know about “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” so far, including the cast, plot, release date, and more.

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