Calling all tributes! We’ve got more casting news coming out of Panem. As reported by DeadlineWest Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler will star opposite Tom Blyth in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Blyth portrays young Coriolanus Snow, played by the legendary Donald Sutherland in The Hunger Games trilogy. Zegler plays Lucy Gray Baird. 

Based on the novel by Suzanne CollinsHunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to The Hunger Games books. Here’s the synopsis: 

Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow sees a chance for a change in fortunes when he mentors Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from District 12.

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Snow tries to change the fate of his once-powerful lineage after the family suffers a blow in the post-war Capitol. Snow mentors Lucy for the 10th annual Hunger Games, but Lucy subverts expectations when she sings during the reaping ceremony. Snow harnesses Lucy’s defiance, injecting his political savvy and showmanship into a bid to direct the odds in their favor. So, who’s the songbird, and who’s the snake?

Francis Lawrence directs the film from a script by Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt, while Collins serves as executive producer. 

Zegler recently wowed audiences and critics as Maria in Steven Spielberg‘s West Side Story. She’ll be starring in Shazam! Fury of the Gods alongside Zachary Levi and Disney’s live-action Snow White as the titular character. In addition, she will lend her voice to the animated adventure Spellbound as Princess Ellian, slated for release this year. 

I’m excited to see Zegler and Blyth bring these roles to the big screen. Snow’s backstory has always intrigued me, and I’m sure the Powers That Be will deliver the goods. 

Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters on November 17, 2023. What do you think about Rachel Zegler’s casting? Sound off in the comments below!

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