The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes recruits Fionnula Flanagan and more

Lionsgate continues to expand the ensemble cast of its upcoming prequel to The Hunger Games, The ballad about songbirds and snakes, with the addition of eleven new cast members. Production is currently underway on the Rachel Zegler-led sci-fi action film.

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These additions include Emmy winner Fionnula Flanagan (A Christmas carol), who has signed on to play the role of Grandma – Coriolanus’ stern grandmother, Scott Folan (Brotherhood) as peacekeeper Beanpole, Honor Gillies as Covey member Barb Azure, Burn Gorman (Pacific Rim) as Commander Hoff, Michael Greco (Eastenders) as Strabo Plinth, Daniela Grubert (Little Shop of Horrors) as Mrs. Plinth, Isobel Jesper Jones (The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself ) as District 12 Mayor’s daughter Mayfair Lipp, Eike Onyambu (Romeo and Juliet) as Covey member Tam Amber, Carl Spencer (Rocket man) as peacemaker Smiley, violinist Konstantin Taffet as Covey member Clerk Carmine, and Flora Li Thiemann (Tiger’s milk) as mentor Livia Cardew.

“Years before he would become the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope of his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a postwar Capitol,” reads the synopsis. “With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is troubled when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray gets all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the harvest ceremony. , Snow believes he may be able to turn the odds in their favor. Combining their instincts for showmanship and newfound political awareness, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal, who is a songbird and who is a serpent.”

Based on the 2020 prequel novel by Suzanne Collins, The ballad about songbirds and snakes takes place 64 years before the events The Hunger Games trilogy that starts on the morning of the harvest of the tenth Hunger Games, where an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is assigned to mentor the tribute girl from the impoverished District 12. The film stars Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Viola Davis. , and Peter Dinklage.

Additional cast includes Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera, Max Raphael, Zoe Renee, Ayomide Adegun, Kaitlyn Akinpelumi, Amelie Hoeferle, Sofia Sanchez, Nick Benson, Laurel Marsden, Lilly Cooper, Luna Steeples, Hiroki Berrecloth, Cooper Bohm, Irene Bohm Dillon, Luna Kuse, Kjell Brutscheidt, Dimitri Abold, Athena Strates, Dakota Shapiro, George Somner and Vaughan Reilly.

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The film was written by Michael Lesslie and based on a draft by Collins and Michael Arndt. The Hunger Games film director Francis Lawrence. It will be shepherded by franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson along with Francis Lawrence. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien supervise on behalf of the studio.

The prequel is currently slated for a November 17, 2023 theatrical release.

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