Murray Close Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth in The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents
Rachel Zegler is giving fans a taste of what’s new The Hunger Games movie.
On Thursday, the West Side Story The actress appeared in a TikTok that took fans behind the scenes of The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, the upcoming prequel to the hit franchise. The 21-year-old stars as lead character Lucy Gray Baird, a District 12 tribute, alongside Tom Blyth as young President Coriolanus Snow.
The hilarious video, made by @guywithamoviecamera, shows Zegler walking around the set while Blyth and co-star Peter Dinklage are filming in costume. It also features his “least favorite person on set”: his real-life co-star and boyfriend Josh Rivera, who was also on West Side Story.
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Sharing the clip on Twitter, Zegler wrote“I visited the set to see viola [Davis] be awesome and somehow you became the official tour guide; Stay tuned for some fun content captured by the one and only Reece Feldman between now and launch.”
The plot of the film, based on the novel of the same name, is about the eventual tyrannical President Snow at age 18, as he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray in the 10th annual Hunger Games. When she “commands all of Panem’s attention by singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he could turn the odds in his favor.”
“Bringing together their instincts for showmanship and their newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake,” according to a synopsis.
Francis Lawrence, who directed the last three films in the series, is returning to direct the new film.
“Like everyone else, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everyone else, I knew I was looking at a star who would dominate the screen for a generation,” Lawrence said in a press release. “Lucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent and challenging. , but also vulnerable, emotional and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents is in theaters November 17, 2023.