The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents is the upcoming fifth installment of The Hunger Games saga.
Adapted from the fourth novel by Suzanne Collins, (opens in a new tab) this prequel transports us decades into the past of Panem, where we will meet a very different version of The Hunger Games’ tyrannical villain, President Snow.
In this prequel, we meet a teenage version of the menacing figure on the morning of the harvest that will kick off the 10th annual Hunger Games, with Coriolanus Snow tasked with guiding one of District 12’s tributes.
Here’s everything we know about The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents so far…
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents release date
Lionsgate confirmed that The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents would hit theaters on November 17, 2023 at the end of its CinemaCon session earlier this year (via Term).
The plot of The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents
The official synopsis of The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents says: “Years before he became the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading bloodline, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a Capitol. postwar.
“As the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray draws all of Panem’s attention, singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony. Snow believes that he could turn the odds in his favor. Marrying his instincts for showmanship and his new political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.”
Who is in the cast of The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents?
Tom Blyth (billy the kid) will play the young Coriolanus Snow, with West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler opposite Lucy Gray Baird, the District 12 tribute whom she is tasked with mentoring.
Euphoria star Hunter Schafer is also on board as Coriolanus’s cousin, Tigris Snow, who serves as his close advisor. Jason Schwartzmann (the french office) is also on board as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, the host of the 10th Hunger Games.
Also, game of Thrones Alumnus Peter Dinklage will be introduced as Casca Highbottom, the co-creator of the Hunger Games as we know them. In mid-August 2022, we also learned that Viola Davis (The First Lady) had joined the cast as Head Gamemaker, Dr. Volumnia Gaul.
Additional cast includes Josh Andrés Rivera (West Side Story), Sofia Sanchez, Ashley Liao (Physical), Jerome Lance and Nick Benson.
Is there a trailer?
Not yet, though since the movie won’t be released until next year, we’re not surprised. All we have right now is the reveal trailer that Lionsgate Movies released in early June 2022, which you can check out below:
Who directs The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents?
Director Francis Lawrence returns to the franchise once again to direct. Songbirds and snakes. He has been in charge of each installment of the saga since On fire (Gary Ross directed the first film in the series.)
Will Jennifer Lawrence be in The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents?
While there’s no official word on whether Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role yet, it seems unlikely. That’s because this is a prequel set decades before Katniss was born.