When is The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Coming Out?

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Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and  and Tom Blythe as young Coriolanus Snow in 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' first look
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Would you believe that it's been a decade since the original The Hunger Games movies came out? And ever since then, we've seen a sequel come out until 2015, giving us a total of four movies: The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. But did you know that a prequel is coming out?

After the huge success of The Hunger Games franchise, a spin-off movie is being made. And now, we're finally getting more information from The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. If you're a fan of the dystopian novels written by Suzanne Collins, you'll be happy to know that Lionsgate is adapting this 2020 book into a movie too.

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Here's all the information you need to know about The Hunger Games Prequel right now.

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Release Date

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We've got good news and bad news about The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. For the good news, we know when The Hunger Games prequel will be coming out. And unfortunately, that's where the bad news come into the picture too. You'll have to wait until November 17, 2023 for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes to be released in theaters worldwide.

This means you'll have to wait a year and three months for the The Hunger Games prequel to be released. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes novel was released in May 2020. Shortly after its release, Lionsgate already revealed plans for its film adaptation.

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The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Story

The Hunger Games Donald Sutherland as President Snow
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Since The Hunger Games movies have been adapted from their namesake novels, it's almost a guarantee that we'll see the same treatment for The Hunger Games prequel.

In The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, we meet a very different President Snow (played by Donald Sutherland) compared to The Hunger Games movies. Firstly, he goes by the nickname, Coryo (played by Tom Blyth). Even though he is from an affluent family, Coryo was actually an orphan and lived with his poor grandmother.

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If you've read the novel, you probably already know that Coryo mentors Lucy Gray Baird (played by Rachel Zegler), a young tribute for the 10th annual Hunger Games. The two bond together throughout the journey, which turn into a romantic relationship. But their social standing becomes a hindrance to the two.

We obviously know that Coryo becomes a dictator in the end. But it's interesting to see him as a young man and the events in his life that lead him to this path.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Cast

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The book is set 64 years prior to the very first The Hunger Games movie, which means we won't get to see Jennifer Lawrence reprise her role as the famous Katniss Everdeen or any of the other main characters of the franchise. But we'll see some familiar names in The Hunger Games prequel movie since it talks about the ruthless dictator's early experience with the games.

The cast of The Hunger Games prequel includes the following:

  • Tom Blyth (as Coriolanus Snow)
  • Rachel Zegler (as Lucy Gray Baird)
  • Viola Davis (as Dr. Volumnia Gaul)
  • Peter Dinklage (as Casca Highbottom)
  • Hunter Schafer (as Tigris Snow)
  • Jason Schwartzman
  • Michael Arndt
  • Ashley Liao (as Clemensia Dovecote)
  • Mackenzie Lansing (as Coral)
  • Zoe Renee (as Lysistrata Vickers)
  • Luna Kuse (as Brandy)
  • Nina Jacobson
  • Athena Strates (as Persephone Price)
  • Dimitri Abold (as Reaper)
  • Lloyd Sherr (as Festus Creed)
  • George Somner (as Spruce)
  • Josh Andrés Rivera (as Sejanus Plinth)
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When Lionsgate revealed The Hunger Games prequel cast, Rachel Zegler turned to Twitter to give a clue of her character in the film. The first letter of each word in her tweet spells her character's name, Lucy Gray Baird.

Is There an Existing The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Trailer Online?

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Right now, there is no The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes trailer available yet. But Lionsgate released a video reveal for The Hunger Games prequel a few months ago. You can watch the release here:

That's all we know about The Hunger Games prequel right now. We'll update this post once more information becomes available.

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