The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes first look photo released

Lionsgate has released a first look at The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, a prequel story set in the bleak world of Panem.

The movie, which takes place long before the events of The Hunger Games franchise, centers on Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow (the eventual tyrannical ruler of the dystopian nation) and Rachel Zegler as tribute Lucy Gray Baird.


The new photo gives a glimpse at the 18-year-old Snow, who is chosen to mentor Baird during the 10th Hunger Games — the highly publicised event in which teenagers are chosen via lottery to fight to the death.

In the 2020 novel by Suzanne Collins, the unassuming Lucy Gray sparks everyone’s attention by singing during the reaping ceremony. With her talent and charisma, Snow believes he may be able to turn the odds in their favor to win the games.


As previously announced, Hunter Schafer is playing Snow’s cousin and confidante Tigris Snow, Peter Dinklage is portraying Academy dean Casca Highbottom, and Viola Davis has been cast as Volumnia Gaul, the mastermind of the diabolical death-match.


Francis Lawrence, who previously directed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and both parts of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, will return to direct the new film.

Lawrence will also produce, alongside franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her partner Brad Simpson. Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and Tim Palen will executive produce. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are overseeing on behalf of the studio.


“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.”


The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to be released on November 17, 2023.


Pre order your copy of the upcoming novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A Hunger Games Novel on Amazon now.

Get your copy of The Hunger Games Complete Collection 1-4 [4K UHD] on Amazon now.

Check out our review of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.

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