It’s time to return to Panem. Lionsgate unveiled the official poster for The Hunger Games prequel film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The highly anticipated sci-fi flick is poised to take 2023 by storm, definitively reigniting interest in the dystopian franchise, which reigned over the pop culture conversation in the mid-2010s. 

Here’s a synopsis for the film per Lionsgate Publicity

“Return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has earned over $3 billion globally, with Lionsgate’s adaptation of Suzanne Collins‘ #1 New York Times Bestseller The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom 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 (Rachel 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 Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.”

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Suzanne Collins published The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes on May 19, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the prequel/spin-off novel received a virtual launch. Actor Santino Fontana recorded the audiobook, which was released simultaneously with the print edition. The story occurs 64 years before Katniss Everdeen participates in the Hunger Games. 

Besides Zegler and Blyth, the film also stars Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman, Fionnula Flanagan as Grandma’am and Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul. 

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The poster is entirely gold, looking the very picture of ethereal. We see a golden songbird and snake potentially in combat with one another in the center of a thorny circle while roses bloom behind them. It paints a compelling portrait of what’s to come. 

You can check out the poster below. Visit your local theater when The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes premieres on November 17, 2023. 

What do you hope to see adapted from the book? Sound off in the comments! 

The official poster for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, with a songbird and a snake fighting each other on a gold background.

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