The Starvation Game titles movie franchise is growing with a prequel movie known as The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, based mostly on a 2020 e-book of the same identify by Suzanne Collins. Though the Lionsgate flick is nonetheless awhile off, a flurry of casting announcements in May and June together with a hanging, ice-coated teaser have stoked excitement for the online games to get started. In July, Deadline broke the news that Match of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage will star together with earlier announced actors Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth.

The film adaptation is scheduled to hit theaters in November 2023, about 8 many years just after Mockingjay Portion 2, and follows a youthful Coriolanus Snow (Blyth) who mentors District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler). A refresh: We know Snow from earlier videos as the ruthless president portrayed by Donald Sutherland. The unique films introduced in far more than $3 billion globally, in accordance to Lionsgate. This is a lot more on the solid, the plot and when we’ll be generating our formal return to Panem.

What is The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes about?

Collins’ novel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set 64 a long time right before the events of the initial trilogy. In accordance to Lionsgate, the film will focus in element on the direct up to the 10th Starvation Games. (For reference, Katniss volunteered as tribute for the 74th.) Teenage Snow, not however the dictatorial ruler he’d transform out to be, senses some option in Baird, the tribute he is offered to mentor.

This is the total Lionsgate synopsis: “A long time just before he would come to be the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-12 months-previous Coriolanus Snow is the previous hope for his fading lineage, a when-very pleased household that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th once-a-year Starvation Games fast approaching, the younger Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Grey Baird, the woman tribute from impoverished District 12. But, just after Lucy Grey instructions all of Panem’s focus by defiantly singing in the course of the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he could possibly be capable to turn the odds in their favor.”

It continues: “Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race towards time to endure will ultimately expose who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”

The fifth movie in the Hunger Video games franchise will be directed by Francis Lawrence, director of Catching Fire and equally Mockingjay films. Michael Lesslie (screenwriter for 2015’s Macbeth and 2016’s Assassin’s Creed) wrote the most current edition of the script, functioning off a draft by Collins and Catching Fireplace screenwriter Michael Arndt. 

The initial teaser for Songbirds and Snakes

I have to hand it to the people driving this clip — it does not reveal a smidgen of the precise motion picture, but it even now sucked me back into the globe of The Hunger Online games. We see what seems like an animated variation of the book’s protect structure. A songbird and snake are coated in frost, but the ice breaks off, revealing a gold coat beneath. “You’re invited to return to the game titles,” the onscreen textual content claims. “In 2023, the planet will explore who is a songbird and who is a snake.”

Who’s in the solid?

The Starvation Game titles prequel movie stars Tom Blyth as young Snow and Rachel Zegler as Baird. Blyth performs the titular purpose in Epix’s 2022 Western sequence Billy the Kid and appeared in an episode of HBO sequence The Gilded Age. Zegler is recognised for her starring role in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 West Aspect Story adaptation. She’s also set to engage in Snow White in Disney’s are living-motion version of the animated traditional and will be in Shazam sequel Fury of the Gods.

Activity of Thrones star Peter Dinklage will portray the dean of the Academy, Casca Highbottom. The dean is “the austere and vindictive face of the online games” and “a single of the most highly effective people today in Snow’s everyday living,” director Francis Lawrence said.

They’re going to be joined by Josh Andrés Rivera, an additional West Aspect Tale star, who’s actively playing Snow’s close close friend and fellow tribute mentor Sejanus Plinth, and Hunter Schafer, who’s known for her position on the HBO show Euphoria. Schafer is actively playing Tigris, Snow’s cousin and constant adviser. Jason Schwartzman, who’s appeared in various Wes Anderson movies, will participate in Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, a Cesar-Flickerman ancestor and host of the 10th Hunger Game titles.

Other tribute mentors involve Lysistrata Vickers (Zoe Renee), Festus Creed (Max Raphael), Felix Ravinstill (Aamer Husain), Arachne Crane (Lilly Cooper), Pliny “Pup” Harrington (Ayomide Adegun), Domita Whimsiwick (Kaitlyn Akinpelumi), Vipsania Sickle (Amélie Hoeferle) and Persephone Price tag (Athena Strates). A different is Clemensia Dovecote, played by Physical and Fuller Household actress Ashley Liao, who’s a mate of Snow’s. Ms. Marvel actress Laurel Marsden is participating in Mayfair Lipp, who places Baird’s identify into rivalry for the games.

Eventually, we have a lot more tributes. Jerome Lance will enjoy Marcus from District 2, Cooper Dillon will play Mizzen from District 4, Mackenzie Lansing will participate in Coral from District 4, and Irene Boehm will play Lamina from District 7. Knox Gibson and Sofia Sanchez will engage in Bobbin and Wovey from District 8, and Luna Kuse and Kjell Brutscheidt will engage in Brandy and Tanner from District 10. Dimitri Abold will participate in Reaper from District 11, and Nick Benson will play Jessup from District 12 (like Baird).

When will it premiere?

The motion picture arrives Nov. 17, 2023. That indicates there is time to decide up a copy of the guide if you are fascinated — or you could skip the education and head straight into the 10th video games. Could the odds be ever in your favor.