The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Preview — The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

It’s time to return to a popular franchise. We’re going back in time, 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the President of Panem.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes introduces us to another tribute from District 12, Lucy Gray Baird, and a much younger Coriolanus, who is assigned to be her mentor.

The two of them form an unlikely connection that causes Coriolanus to do whatever it takes to change their fates.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close

The Hunger Games franchise is known for having a fantastic soundtrack filled with original songs from the world’s most popular artists. Taylor Swift’s “Safe & Sound” is one notable example — and it appears as if The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes will continue that tradition.

Rachel Zegler, who stars as Lucy, has released a haunting version of “The Hanging Tree,” and Olivia Rodrigo has released an original song, “Can’t Catch Me Now,” for the film.

The film is directed by Francis Lawrence. The screenplay, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, is written by Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt

Movie Description:

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 livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a tribute from the impoverished District 12.

But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.

Photos from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes:

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Lionsgate
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Honor Gillies as Barb Azure, Konstantin Taffet as Clerk Carmine and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Viola Davis as Dr Volumnia Gaul in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Viola Davis as Dr Volumnia Gaul in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Fionnula Flanagan as Grandma’am, Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close

Trailers:

 

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is in theaters on November 17.

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Allison is in a love affair with books and television that doesn't seem to be letting up anytime soon. Slightly damaged fictional characters are her weakness. She loves to spend her free time curled up with a cat and a book to read or a show to watch. Allison is a Tomatometer-approved critic (Rotten Tomatoes).

One thought on “Preview — The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

  1. OMG, I can’t believe they’re making a prequel to The Hunger Games! I’ve been dying to know more about the origins of the games and the Capitol’s rise to power. Please tell me more about this book! 😍 #TheHungerGames #TheBalladOfSongbirdsAndSnakes #Prequel #BookLovers

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