“It is the things we love most that destroy us.” 

On Wednesday, Lionsgate released the second official trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. We get a closer look at Viola Davis‘ formidable Dr. Volumnia Gaul, armed with iconic quotes, while she asks Tom Blyth‘s Coriolanus Snow about the purpose of the Hunger Games. Gaul will make a terrifying villain, to be sure. 

The trailer also allows us a deeper examination of the state of Panem 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute and decades before Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem. Much of the trailer’s action is complemented by Rachel Zegler, who plays Lucy Gray Baird, singing a gorgeous version of “The Hanging Tree.”

RELATED: The Hunger Games: A Reflection on a Powerful YA Series

Here’s a synopsis for The Hunger Games prequel, per Lionsgate: 

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes follows a young Coriolanus, who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates.

With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.”

RELATED: 7 Feel-Good Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes stars Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow, Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman and Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul. Francis Lawrence directs from a screenplay penned by Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt. Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games and The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, serves as executive producer. 

You can check out the latest poster and official trailer below. Brace yourself for an electrifying return to Panem when the movie hits theaters on Friday, November 17, 2023. 

What do you hope to see in this adaptation of Collins’ novel? Let us know in the comments! 

The official poster for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes with the main characters standing defiantly in the arena while bathed in a gold light.

GGA’s Favorite Dystopian Earths in Video Games

Melody McCune
Follow me!