The first picture of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes happened, teasing the romance between Tom Blyth’s Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler’s Lucy Gray Baird.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents takes place 64 years before the events of The hunger Games, following Coriolanus Snow long before he became the President of Panem seen in the original films and book series. The film will see him cross paths with District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird.
The first image shows the two characters, played by Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler, in a romantic moment following their encounter in the arena.
Along with the reveal of the first image of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in Vanity Fair, director Francis Lawrence said the film “is really a love story”.
This romance seems to blossom in the first image of Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler in the hunger games prequel. Check it out below:
Tom Blyth’s young Coriolanus Snow “is a young man finding his way in the world, but he’s also making choices that portend the man he’s becoming,” says producer Nina Jacobson. The film sees him caught between Rachel Zegler’s Lucy Gray Baird and the sinister influence of Viola Davis’ Dr. Volumnia Gaul.
Meanwhile, Francis Lawrence describes Zegler’s Lucy as “the anti-Katniss”, in reference to Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence’s protagonist from the original. hunger games series. “She’s a musician, she’s a performer, she’s a charmer,” Lawrence says. “Snow has never met a girl like this before.”
Nina Jacobson also says the new movie is “completely different [to the previous Hunger Games movie] stylistically, in terms of design, character and point of view” and promises that, in addition to revisiting familiar locations such as District 12 and the Capitol, fans can expect “an all-new arena”.
Here is the premise for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes:
Years before he becomes the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope of his dwindling bloodline, a once-proud family that has fallen out of favor in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is named a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute of impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray gets the full attention of Panem singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their showmanship instincts and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.
Directed by Francis Lawrence from a script written by Michael Lesslie, Michael Arndt and author Suzanne Collins, the upcoming film stars Tom Blythe as Coriolanus Snow, Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, Jerome Lance as Marcus, Ashley Liao in Clemensia Dovecote, Knox Gibson as Bobbin, Mackenzie Lansing as Coral and Aamer Husain as Felix Ravinstill, Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth and Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom and Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hits theaters on November 17, 2023. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates on the upcoming prequel starring Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth. You can also subscribe to the Heroic Hollywood YouTube channel for more original video content.
Source: Vanity Fair