A teaser for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has been released. The upcoming film is a spin-off and prequel to the Hunger Games film series and stars Tom Blyth as a young (18) Coriolanus Snow, the main antagonist of the original films. Rachel Zegler also stars as Lucy Gray Baird, Snow’s mentee and a tribute from District 12 who was merely mentioned in the original story and believed to be dead.
The teaser does not show any footage from the film. This is just a reveal and also provides the release date. Like the original franchise, Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is also based on the book by Suzanne Collins.
The world of Hunger Games, set in the indeterminate future, is a dystopia in a North American country called Panem. The country consists of Capitol, a wealthy city, and the 13 poorer districts that surround it.
The titular Hunger Games were formed after a rebellion against Capitol supremacy. They involved tributes – one girl and one boy from each district – taking part in deadly games that often lead to the death of all but one. The winner and his district then receive food and wealth. The Hunger Games provide a kind of sick entertainment for the rich and privileged and remind neighborhood dwellers of what happens when they step to the line.
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The original Hunger Games franchise was a huge critical and commercial success for studio Lionsgate. It also made a star of Jennifer Lawrence, who played main protagonist Katniss Everdeen.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released on November 17, 2023.