The teaser poster for the highly anticipated ‘Hunger Games’ prequel film, ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents’, has arrived. On March 25, Lionsgate unveiled the poster, which features a golden bird and a snake preparing to fight against a dramatic black background.
Previously, Lionsgate teased a first photo of the prequel. The image, posted in August last year, shows Zegler’s Lucy Gray Baird and Blyth’s young Coriolanus Snow sharing a quiet moment together cuddled up. The official Lionsgate account wrote next to the photo on Twitter“It’s a love story. And we love all kinds of things that we don’t trust.”
The cast of ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ includes big names like Viola Davis, who will play Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the chief ringleader of the 10th annual Hunger Games – but she’s not the only award-winning name to have signed on the film. In 2022, Deadline reported that Emmy winner Peter Dinklage joined the cast as Casca Highbottom, the Dean of the Academy. “Euphoria” star Hunter Schafer also stars in the film as Tigris Snow, Coriolanus’ cousin and confidant who advises him on everything, according to Lionsgate.
Lionsgate announced at CinemaCon last April that the film is currently in production and will be released on November 17, 2023. The upcoming film is based on the prequel of the same name by Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, which was released in May 2020. The plot revolves around an 18-year-old Coriolanus, who is chosen to mentor Lucy – a tribute from District 12 during the 10th Hunger Games – while attending the Capitol Academy.
The events of the story take place 64 years before the original novels and films and only 10 years after the first Panem rebellion. While Katniss Everdeen’s Panem is under harsh government control, this Panem is still dealing with the aftermath of war. At CinemaCon, Lionsgate released stills from the film but did not reveal further details. The brief clip showed only icy tree branches, along with text that read, “The world will find out who is a songbird and who is a snake.”
The original Hunger Games films starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the unlikely and reluctant hero who becomes the symbol of a revolution. Lawrence was joined by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and “Daisy Jones and the Six” star Sam Claflin. Donald Sutherland played the menacing President Coriolanus Snow in the original films.
Read ahead for everything we know about ‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents’ so far, including cast, plot, release date, and more.