The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (scifi film: 1st big trailer).
If you thought we’d seen the last of the heart-pounding, arrow-slinging, and soul-crushing dystopian world of Panem, well, you’re in for a treat. Lionsgate has decided to bless us with yet another installment of The Hunger Games series, because let’s face it, who doesn’t want more?
Introducing The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, where we take a trip 64 years back in time to follow a young and (not-so) innocent Coriolanus Snow. You know, the future tyrannical leader of Panem who we all love to hate. We’ll see him in his heyday, before he traded his youthful charm for a face that could freeze a lake.
Our young Snow (played by Tom Blyth) finds himself in quite the predicament as he’s assigned to mentor the underdog, Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) from the ever-so-pitiful District 12. The odds are most definitely not in their favor, but Lucy Gray’s fiery personality and Snow’s cunning ways might just be enough to turn the tables. With a race against time to survive, this delightful little prequel will surely have you questioning who the real heroes and villains are in this twisted world.
Joining our young stars are a cast of familiar faces and new blood. Peter Dinklage stars as Casca Highbottom, the intellectual co-author of the Hunger Games, while Hunter Schafer brings life to Tigris Snow, Coriolanus’s older cousin and confidante. Viola Davis takes on the role of Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker of the 10th annual Hunger Games, because what’s a Hunger Games film without a twisted, morally ambiguous mastermind?
Shot in the picturesque cities of Wrocław, Poland and Berlin, Germany, this new addition to the series promises a fresh perspective on the world of Panem. And by fresh, we mean the same good ol’ dose of tyranny, oppression, and a sprinkle of hope to keep us all on our toes.
But wait, there’s more! The first trailer has just been released, giving us a taste of what’s to come. So, grab your popcorn, dust off your Mockingjay pin, and get ready for another wild ride through the thrilling and (sometimes) comical world of Panem.
Mark your calendars, folks. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hits theaters on November 17, 2023. May the odds be ever in your favor (or not, we’re not picky).