Director Francis Lawrence is back to film the prequel starring Rachel Zegler of the previous Hunger Games trilogy he directed to completion that sky rocketed Jennifer Lawrence to super-stardom.
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games soared to box office success, and now the movie’s prequel story The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is being made with Rachel Zegler cast as Lucy Gray Baird. She joins recently announced Tom Blyth who’s playing the young Coriolanus Snow, the role made famous the world over by Donald Sutherland in the original trilogy.
The story is set decades before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship 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.
“When you read Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, physical agility, and fiercely powerful, determined singing voice shine through. Rachel embodies all of those skills – she is the perfect choice for our Lucy Gray,” said Nathan Kahane, president, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.