The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

(2023)

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  • Essential viewing for fans of The Hunger Games

    "Whether you have been following along with The Hunger Games series since the books or prefer the movies, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the perfect prequel film to dive back into the world of Panem. It brings back the Battle Royale premise and further explores themes of social inequality and oppression while examining the Capitol's impact on young President Snow. It has enough action and callbacks to The Hunger Games to stir up nostalgia but also expands on the social commentary that sets it apart from other dystopian series."

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Synopsis

The origin story of the future despot Coriolanus Snow

Coriolanus Snow was not always the tyrannical and ruthless president he would become. Born into a family of high-status but decreasing wealth, Snow must use his charisma and intelligence to forge a path. A top student at the Academy in Panem, Snow became the mentor for District 12’s tribute Lucy Gray Baird and ot would not be the last time a tribute from District 12 would have a huge impact on the life of Coriolanus Snow. Set before the time of Katniss Everdeen and the resulting Hunger Games stories, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes tells the story of a young Snow training Lucy Gray to be victorious in the Hunger Games and as their relationship develops so too does his thirst for control and power, charting his rise to the top.

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What to know

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is a sci-fi dystopian adventure film. It serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games (2012) and is the fifth film within the Hunger Games franchise. It is set to be directed by Francis Lawrence, who has directed every Hunger Games film since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013). The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is an adaptation of the 2020 spin-off prequel book written by series creator Suzanne Collins. Collins serves as an executive producer for the movie.

The film stars Tom Blyth as a young Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird. Josh Andres Rivera stars as Sejanus Plinth, a Hunger Games mentor who is friends with Snow. Game of Thrones alumnus Peter Dinklage plays Casca Highbottom. Hunter Schafer portrays Tigris, Snow’s cousin. Acclaimed actress and multi-award-winner Viola Davis portrays a new character named Volumnia Gaul who is known as the Head Gamemaker. Tony Award nominee Fionnula Flanagan is Grandma'am to Coriolanus Snow and Flora Li Thiemann portrays the tribute mentor Livia Carden. Mayfair Lipp, a politician's daughter is played by Isobel Jesper Jones and Honor Gillies plays a character named Barb Azure. The wider cast includes; Eike Onyambu, Konstantin Taffet, Burn Gorman, Scott Folan, Carl Spencer, Michael Greco and Daniela Grubert who all contribute to the unnerving world of this The Hunger Games prequel. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was released in cinemas on November 17, 2023. 

Production News

  • August 8, 2017
    • Lionsgate CEO, Jon Feltheimer suggested that the company was on board with producing new instalments of the Hunger Games, as long as series creator Suzanne Collins was on board. (Source: Variety)
  • June 17, 2019
    • With Suzanne Collins working on finishing up the Hunger Games prequel novel, Lionsgate confirmed that they are looking at a movie adaptation. (Source: Deadline)
  • April 21, 2020
    • Director Francis Lawrence who helmed the previous three films of the Hunger Games franchise signed on to direct the film which was confirmed to be titled Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.(Source: Collider)
  • April 28, 2022
    • Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was given a release date of November 17, 2023 at CinemaCon 2022. (Source: Collider)
  • May 31, 2022
    • Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler are confirmed to be playing the two main characters of the film, Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird.(Source: Deadline)
  • June 6, 2022
    •  The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was given its first visual reveal with a short YouTube teaser showing a golden bird and snake breaking out of the ice. (Source: YouTube)
  • June 22, 2022
    •  The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes casts Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius 'Lucky' Flickerman. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
  • June 26, 2022
    • Hunter Schafer joins the cast of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The Euphoria star will be playing Tigris Snow, the cousin and confidante of the future President of Panem. (Source: Deadline)
  • July 18, 2022
    • Peter Dinklage joins the cast portraying Casca Highbottom. (Source: Entertainment Weekly)
  • August 15, 2022
    • Multi-award winner, Viola Davis, is confirmed to have joined the cast. She is portraying Volumnia Gaul, the Head Gamemaker. (Source: Variety)
  • August 16, 2022
    • A new still image from the movie is released offering a glimpse at a softer side of the franchise villain President Snow. (Source: Collider)
  • September 17, 2022
    • A huge casting update adds eleven new faces to call list; notable amongst them are Fionnula Flanagan playing Snow's grandmother known as Grandma'am, Isobel Jesper Jones portraying the mayor's daughter Mayfair Lipp and Flora Li Thiemann playing tribute mentor Livia Carden. (Source: Collider)
  • November 11, 2022
    • Lead star Rachel Zegler confirmed that filming had finished by tweeting out an on-set image. (Source: Collider)
  • September 20, 2023
    • The first full-length official trailer is released. It shows a young Coriolanus Snow and one of the founders of the Hunger Games, Dean Casca Highbottom, played by Peter Dinklage. (Source: Variety)
  • October 13, 2023
    • The movie is given a PG-13 rating for strong violent content and disturbing images. (Source: ScreenRant)
  • November 17, 2023
    • The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was released in cinemas. (Source: Deadline)

Rating

IMDB 6.8 (102k)

Genres

Action & Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction, Mystery & Thriller, War & Military

Runtime

2h 37min

Age rating

PG-13

Production country

Canada, United States

Director

Francis Lawrence

Cast

Tom Blyth
Coriolanus Snow
Rachel Zegler
Lucy Gray Baird
Peter Dinklage
Dean Casca Highbottom
Jason Schwartzman
Lucretius 'Lucky' Flickerman
Hunter Schafer
Tigris Snow
Josh Andrés Rivera
Sejanus Plinth
Viola Davis
Dr. Volumnia Gaul
Dexter Sol Ansell
Young Coriolanus
Clemens Schick
Respectable Man
Fionnula Flanagan
Grandma’am
Ashley Liao
Clemensia Dovecote
Athena Strates
Persephone Price
Amélie Hoeferle
Vipsania Sickle
Kaitlyn Akinpelumi
Domita Whimsiwick
Florian Burgkart
Hilarius Heavensbee
Ayomide Adegun
Pliny Harrington
Max Raphael
Festus Creed
Mekyas Mulugeta
Urban Canville
Emma Frieda Brüggler
Diana Ring
Yalany Marschner
Dennis Fling
Flora Thiemann
Livia Cardew
Zoë Renee
Lysistrata Vickers
Seyna Sylla
Io Jasper
Lilly Cooper
Arachne Crane
Aamer Husain
Felix Ravinstill
Daniela Grubert
Mrs. Plinth
Michael Greco
Strabo Plinth
Levi Strasser
Florus Friend
Chieloka Jairus
Androcles Anderson
Tim Torok
Facet
Jerome Lance
Marcus
Mackenzie Lansing
Coral
Cooper Dillon
Mizzen
Hiroki Berrecloth
Treech
Irene Böhm
Lamina
Knox Gibson
Bobbin
Sofia Sanchez
Wovey
Luna Kuse
Brandy
Kjell Brutscheidt
Tanner
Dimitri Abold
Reaper
Luna Steeples
Dill
Nick Benson
Jessup
Marc Aden Gray
Mayor Lipp
Isobel Jesper Jones
Mayfair Lipp
Dakota Shapiro
Billy Taupe
Vaughan Reilly
Maude Ivory
Honor Gillies
Barb Azure
Eike Onyambu
Tam Amber
Scott Folan
Beanpole
Burn Gorman
Commander Hoff
Raphael Zari
Arlo Chance
Carl Spencer
Smiley
Konstantin Taffet
Clerk Carmine
George Somner
Spruce
Steven McMichael
District 12 Peacekeeper
Donald Sutherland
Coriolanus Snow (voice) (uncredited)