After four films and over $3 billion in global receipts, it seems only fitting that writer Suzanne Collins would return to the world of Panem for a prequel story aptly titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Released during the early days of the COVID pandemic, the book became an instant bestseller as fans around the world yearned for the origin story of Coriolanus Snow. Years before he would become the authoritarian President, a then 18-year-old Snow is his family’s last chance at a life of worth. The once prosperous family has struggled in the post-war Capital. With the 10th annual Hunger Games on the horizon, this is Snow’s chance to reestablish the pride of his family name. But he’s been assigned Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from the impoverished District 12.
Lionsgate recently announced that Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler would lead the cast of new characters as Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird, respectively. To celebrate the casting announcement, the studio has just released a first-look teaser to hold fans over. Pre-production is currently underway, with a planned November 17, 2023 release date.