Two New “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes” Teasers Unveil the Most Dangerous Game

Two new teasers for the upcoming The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes have arrived, inviting us back to Panem some 64 years before the events in the original film trilogy. The new teasers reveal a citadel in its early days, preparing for the 10th Annual Hunger Games. The first teaser is an Academy Orientation Video, led by some of Panem’s most aggressively “patriotic” members. They include Casca Highbottom (Peter Dinklage), the dean of the Academy, Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis), the head gamemaker, and two seniors at the academy: Sejanus Plinth (Josh Andrés Rivera) and a young man named Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), who you and I both know will become the despotic ruler of Panem in the coming decades. The second video is a news broadcast led by Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman (Jason Schwartzman), reminding viewers that the annual Hunger Games, in which each district puts up two tributes to compete in the deadly competition, is meant to keep the peace in Panem. 

The upcoming prequel, based on a prequel novel by the creator of the whole shebang, novelist Suzanne Collins, was directed by seasoned Hunger Games helmer Francis Lawrence. Joining the abovementioned cast is Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gracy Bair, a young woman who becomes one of District 12’s tributes. She’s ultimately paired with Coriolanus Snow as she prepares for the games. Snow, meanwhile, is driven to salvage his parent’s reputation in the Capitol, and knowing what we do about the man he becomes, there’s no question he’ll stop at nothing to achieve his aims.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes his theaters on November 17. 

Check out the Academy Orientation video here:

Check out Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman anchoring a news update on the 10th Annual Hunger Games:

Here’s the official synopsis for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes:

“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Blyth) 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 (Zegler), 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 a snake.”

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Featured image: Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow and Viola Davis as Dr Volumnia Gaul in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Photo Credit: Murray Close


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