As hype builds for the future The Hunger Games prequel The ballad about songbirds and snakes, it’s hard to forget where it all started. And while many The Hunger Games fans may have grown out of that phase, the original movies’ star, Jennifer Lawrence, just feels downright old.
Of course, Jennifer Lawrence played a tribute to Katniss Everdeen in all four The Hunger Games movies: 2012’s first, 2013’s Catching fireand the 2014-2015 doubleheader Mockingjay. In a recent profile of New York Timessaid Lawrence, “It makes me feel old as hell… I remember being 21 and thinking, ‘My God, one day they’re going to redo them and redo them. But I’ll be so old by then! I want to be dead!’”
As The ballad about songbirds and snakes depicts the upcoming 10th Hunger Games and the first The Hunger Games so the arrival of the 74th, apparently Katniss won’t even be mentioned.
In the interview, Jennifer Lawrence hints at something much bigger. How soon is too early for nostalgia? There’s been a flurry of reboots and revivals lately, but at least they’ve given their inspirations time to settle: the upcoming Phrases sequel was announced more than 15 years after the hit sitcom bowed out, Quantum leaps comes almost two decades after the original ended and Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock premiered a full quarter of a century after the first one went off the air. But the original The Hunger Games series ended just seven years ago. Are people really that hungry after the famine?
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakesofficial plot: “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 post-war capital. As the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches rapidly, 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 that 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 snake.”
The crew of The ballad about songbirds and snakes includes Tom Blyth as Snow (portrayed by Donald Sutherland in the first four films), Rachel Zegler, Jason Schwartzman and Peter Dinklage. It will continue in cinemas 17 November 2023.