After eight long years since the final film in the original series was released, we’re about to dive back into the dystopian world of Panem with a brand-new prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. Set to hit cinemas in 2023, this highly anticipated movie promises to be every bit as thrilling and star-studded as the films that came before it. In this article, we’ll introduce you to the incredible cast that’s bringing this prequel to life, and you’ll be amazed at the talent that’s involved.
Tom Blyth as Coriolanus “Coryo” Snow
First on our list is Tom Blyth, who takes on the role of Coriolanus Snow, the young mentor for the 10th Hunger Games and the future President of Panem. Now, if that name sounds familiar, it’s because an older version of this character was portrayed by the legendary Donald Sutherland in the original Hunger Games films. Tom Blyth might not be a household name just yet, but he’s ready to make a name for himself in this leading role. His most prominent role to date is playing the title character in the series Billy the Kid, and he’s also made memorable appearances in Scott and Sid and Benediction. Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate, has described Blyth as an “explosive rising talent” and the perfect fit for this significant role.
Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird
Next up, we have Rachel Zegler, who takes on the character of Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from District 12. Lucy Gray disrupts the Reaping ceremony, and her character is described as bold, independent, defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel Zegler burst onto the scene by playing Maria in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 West Side Story remake, and she’s been making waves ever since. She has landed some big roles, including the lead in the upcoming live-action Snow White remake and a key part in Shazam 2: The Fury of the Gods. Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence has high praise for Zegler, stating that she’s a star who will command the screen for a generation.
Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom
Now, for those of you who loved Peter Dinklage’s incredible portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, get ready to see him in a new light. In The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Peter Dinklage plays Casca Highbottom, the Dean of the Academy and intellectual co-author of the Hunger Games. Dinklage’s impressive acting career includes roles in Elf, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, I Care A Lot, and Cyrano. His versatility as an actor is sure to shine in this new role, and we can’t wait to see how he brings this character to life.
Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow
Another exciting addition to the cast is Hunter Schafer, who plays Tigris Snow, Coriolanus’s older cousin and confidante. Tigris advises him in everything, and she goes on to become a stylist in the Games and an ally to Katniss and the resistance. While you may know Hunter Schafer from her role as Jules in the hit HBO drama Euphoria, this film marks her first major big-screen role. Her talent and fresh perspective are sure to add depth to the movie’s narrative.
Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman
Jason Schwartzman takes on the role of Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, the television host for the 10th Hunger Games and an ancestor to Caesar Flickerman, who would host later editions of the Games. Schwartzman is a frequent collaborator of director Wes Anderson, having appeared in several of his films, including Rushmore and the upcoming Asteroid City. His quirky and charismatic style is a perfect fit for the Hunger Games universe, and fans are eager to see how he will charm the audience.
Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul
We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Viola Davis in the cast of The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. She plays Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker of the 10th annual Hunger Games and the person who actually implemented them in the first place. Viola Davis is one of the most revered actors of her generation, with multiple Oscar nominations and wins under her belt. Her notable roles include performances in Doubt, The Help, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, and Fences. Additionally, she’s appeared in Suicide Squad and The Suicide Squad as Amanda Waller, showcasing her versatility in both film and television.
Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth
Josh Andrés Rivera is set to portray Sejanus Plinth, a close friend of Tigris and the mentor to a tribute from District 2. Originally from District 2, he now resides in the Capitol. Rivera made his big-screen debut in West Side Story, playing the role of Chino. He’s also appeared in one episode of the TV show Sugar Baby and will have a role in the upcoming film Cat Person. Rivera’s promising career is on the rise, and his role in the Hunger Games prequel is sure to garner attention.
Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff
Last but certainly not least, we have Burn Gorman, who plays Commander Hoff, the leader of the peacekeepers in District 12. You might recognize Burn Gorman from his role as Owen Harper in the Torchwood spin-off series from Doctor Who. He’s also portrayed characters like Clubfoot Karl Tanner in Game of Thrones, The Marshal in The Man in the High Castle, and Adolphus Murtry in The Expanse. On the big screen, he’s been seen in The Dark Knight Rises and Pacific Rim.
With such a star-studded and diverse cast, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is shaping up to be a prequel that not only pays homage to the original series but also introduces new faces that will captivate audiences. Each actor brings their unique talent and charisma to the film, and we can’t wait to see how they breathe life into the characters we’ve grown to love from Suzanne Collins’ captivating novels.
As we eagerly await the release of this highly anticipated prequel, it’s clear that the world of The Hunger Games is far from finished. The stories and characters continue to evolve, offering fans a fresh perspective on the events that shaped the destiny of Panem. So mark your calendars for 2023, because The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes is set to take us on an unforgettable journey through the past of this beloved dystopian world.
In the meantime, keep an eye on these talented actors and their future projects. We’re sure to see more of them on the big and small screens, and their performances in The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes are bound to be a highlight of their careers.