The Starvation Game titles film franchise is expanding with a prequel film referred to as The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, primarily based on a 2020 book of the similar name by Suzanne Collins. Although the Lionsgate flick is still a whilst off, a flurry of casting announcements in Could and June along with a hanging, ice-coated teaser have stoked enjoyment for the online games to start off.

The movie adaptation is scheduled to hit theaters in November 2023 — roughly eight many years right after Mockingjay Part 2 — and follows a younger Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) who mentors District 12 tribute Lucy Grey Baird (Rachel Zegler). A refresh: We know Snow from earlier videos as the ruthless president portrayed by Donald Sutherland. The authentic films brought in a lot more than $3 billion globally, in accordance to Lionsgate. This is extra on the forged, the plot and when we are going to be creating our formal return to Panem.

What is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes about?

Collins’ novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 years in advance of the functions of the initial trilogy. According to Lionsgate, the motion picture will emphasis in part on the direct up to the 10th Hunger Online games. (For reference, Katniss volunteered as tribute for the 74th.) Teenage Snow — not but the dictatorial ruler he’d transform out to be — senses some chance in Baird, the tribute he is provided to mentor.

Here’s the whole Lionsgate synopsis: “Decades ahead of he would turn into the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-calendar year-old Coriolanus Snow is the previous hope for his fading lineage, a as soon as-happy relatives that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Starvation Video games quick approaching, the younger Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the woman tribute from impoverished District 12. But, immediately after Lucy Grey commands all of Panem’s focus by defiantly singing all through the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he could be ready to turn the odds in their favor.”

It carries on: “Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race from time to survive will in the long run expose who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”

The fifth film in the Hunger Online games franchise will be directed by Francis Lawrence, director of Catching Fireplace and the two Mockingjay movies. Michael Lesslie (screenwriter for 2015’s Macbeth and 2016’s Assassin’s Creed) wrote the hottest edition of the script, operating off a draft by Collins and Catching Fireplace screenwriter Michael Arndt. 

The initial teaser for Songbirds and Snakes

I have to hand it to the people behind this clip — it would not reveal a smidgen of the actual movie, but it however sucked me again into the entire world of The Starvation Video games. We see what seems to be like an animated variation of the book’s address style. A songbird and snake are lined in frost, but the ice breaks off, revealing a gold coat beneath. “You’re invited to return to the online games,” the on-screen text claims. “In 2023, the environment will learn who is a songbird and who is a snake.”

Who’s in the cast?

The Starvation Game titles prequel movie stars Tom Blyth as youthful Snow and Rachel Zegler as Baird. Blyth performs the titular position in Epix’s 2022 Western collection Billy the Child and appeared in an episode of HBO series The Gilded Age. Zegler is regarded for her starring job in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 West Aspect Story adaptation. She’s also established to participate in Snow White in Disney’s reside-action edition of the animated classic and will be in Shazam sequel Fury of the Gods.

They’ll be joined by Josh Andrés Rivera, another West Facet Tale star who’s playing Snow’s near buddy and fellow tribute mentor Sejanus Plinth, and Hunter Schafer, who’s known for her part on the HBO clearly show Euphoria. Schafer is playing Tigris, Snow’s cousin, confidante and consistent advisor. Jason Schwartzman, who’s appeared in a number of Wes Anderson movies, will enjoy Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, a Cesar-Flickerman ancestor and host of the 10th Starvation Game titles.

Other tribute mentors include things like Lysistrata Vickers (Zoe Renee), Festus Creed (Max Raphael), Felix Ravinstill (Aamer Husain), Arachne Crane (Lilly Cooper), Pliny “Pup” Harrington (Ayomide Adegun), Domita Whimsiwick (Kaitlyn Akinpelumi) and Vipsania Sickle (Amélie Hoeferle). One more is Clemensia Dovecote, performed by Bodily and Fuller Residence actress Ashley Liao, who’s a buddy of Snow’s. Ms. Marvel actress Laurel Marsden is actively playing Mayfair Lipp, who places Baird’s name into rivalry for the games.

Eventually, we have more tributes. Jerome Lance will participate in Marcus from District 2, Knox Gibson will perform Bobbin from District 8, Mackenzie Lansing will engage in Coral from District 4, Sofia Sanchez will engage in Wovey from District 8 and Nick Benson will engage in Jessup from District 12 (like Baird).

When will The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes premiere?

The movie comes on Nov. 17, 2023. That indicates you will find time to pick up a duplicate of the ebook if you’re interested — or you could skip the schooling and head straight into the 10th video games. May well the odds be ever in your favor.

By Indana