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04:41  16 august  2022
04:41  16 august  2022 Source:   elle.com.au

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For Hunger Games fans, the odds haven't been in our favour for the past seven years. Why? Because it's been that long since the last movie was released, and anyone who's a fan of the franchise has found themselves wanting. It comes with great joy then, to announce that a Hunger Games prequel is officially on its way and is set to feature some all-star actors.

The prequel is taking us way, way back to the 10th annual Hunger Games (you'll remember that Katniss' version started during the 74th). The focus will be on the tyrannical President Snow, who came to be overthrown during the the second half of the third book, Mockingjay.

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Below, everything we know about The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, including its plot, cast and release date.

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what is the plot of 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes'?

Given that the new movie will be based off the book by the same name, we can assume that there will be some similarities between the two (though we can't guarantee that the movie will stick to the book entirely).

The book focuses on the story of Coriolanus Snow, before he became the powerful president in the original series. It is set during the the 10th Hunger Games, where Snow serves as a mentor to a tribute named Lucy Gray Baird for District 12. It also explains how the Hunger Games has transformed over the years and how Snow became the bitter, twisted politician who would eventually go on to torment Katniss Everdeen.

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The official synopsis reads: "Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem's attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy's race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and a snake."

who has been cast in the 'hunger games' prequel?

Casting details have been kept relatively quiet, but we do have intel on the key roles.

On May 31, Deadline reported that Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) will star as Lucy Gray Baird, the lead female role. Lucy is the girl tribute from District 12, and Coriolanus's mentee during the 10th annual Games.

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In the same month, People reported that Tom Blyth (The Gilded Age) will star as 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow.

On June 14, Deadline revealed that Jerome Lance, Knox Gibson, Mackenzie Lansing and Ashley Liao will all play various tributes, while Aamer Husain stars as Felix Ravinstill, a mentor to a tribute from District 11.

On June 23, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Hunter Schafer (Euphoria) had been tapped to play Tigris Snow, Coriolanus' cousin and confidant.

On August 15, Deadline revealed that Viola Davis would be joining the growing cast as the villainous Head Gamemaker Volumnia Gaul.

what is the release date for the 'hunger games' prequel?

Mark your calendars, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be landing in cinemas on November 17, 2023.

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