Final month it was introduced that The Starvation Games collection can be getting a prequel movie. Now, followers can get excited as the feminine lead within the movie has been introduced to be West Facet Story breakout star Rachel Zegler. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, primarily based on the prequel novel of the identical title by Suzanne Collins, will take followers again to Panem about sixty-four years earlier than the occasions of the unique books and movies.

The movie will comply with future Panem President Coriolanus Snow, portrayed within the unique movie collection by Donald Sutherland, throughout the tenth Starvation Games. Zegler will probably be enjoying the function of Lucy Grey Baird, a tribute from District 12, who Snow is assigned to mentor by the sport. The character is described as being a charismatic younger woman who earns the eye and adoration of Panem by her singing voice. Within the movie, Zegler will probably be becoming a member of Billy the Child star Tom Blyth, who was just lately introduced to be enjoying the younger Coriolanus Snow.


Zegler first gained nationwide consideration when she beat out what’s reported to be hundreds of different actresses for the coveted function of Maria in Steven Spielbergs West Facet Story. The enduring musical was Zegler’s first skilled appearing function, and she or he has since been solid within the extremely anticipated superhero movie Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the Skydance animated movie Spellbound, and she or he is at present filming Disneys Snow White, a live-action remake of the basic movie the place she is enjoying the titular Disney princess.

The movie iswritten by Michael Lesslie, who beforehand wrote such movies because the 2015 adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender. Lesslie wrote the script off an earlier draft by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Michael Arndt and Collins’ novel. Francis Lawrence returns to direct the movie, after directing the earlier three installments within the franchise. About Zegler’s solid he had the next to say:

“Like everybody, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation. Lucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent, and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”

Whereas asserting Zegler’s casting, the president of Lionsgate Movement Image Group, Nathan Kahane, mentioned:

“Whenever you learn Suzanne’s e-book, Lucy Grey’s emotional intelligence, bodily agility, and fiercely highly effective, decided singing voice shine by. Rachel embodies all of these abilities – she is the proper alternative for our Lucy Grey.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is at present on schedule to hit theaters on November 17, 2023. Learn the total synopsis for the movie under:

Years earlier than he would develop into the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the final hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud household that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the tenth annual Starvation Games quick approaching, the younger Snow is alarmed when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Grey Baird, the woman tribute from impoverished District 12. However, after Lucy Grey instructions all of Panem’s consideration by defiantly singing throughout the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he may be capable of flip the chances of their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race in opposition to time to outlive will in the end reveal who’s a songbird, and who’s a snake.