A brand new The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes video for Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games prequel has been revealed, featuring some new action-packed scenes. It is scheduled to arrive in theaters on November 17.
The video also provides behind-the-scenes footage highlight how the creative team reimagined the world of Panem. It features director Francis Lawrence and producer Nina Jacobson as they discuss the story and its lead character, Tom Blyth’s young Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler’s Lucy Gray Baird, whose doomed relationship will forever change their lives.
Check out The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes video below (watch more trailers):
What is The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes?
“The film 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,” reads the synopsis. “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.”
Based on the 2020 prequel novel by Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes places several decades before the events of the Hunger Games trilogy, where an 18-year-old Snow gets assigned to mentor District 12’s tribute girl at the Tenth Hunger Games. Joining Zegler and Blyth are Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera, Max Raphael, Zoe Renee, Ayomide Adegun, Kaitlyn Akinpelumi, Amelie Hoeferle, Sofia Sanchez, Nick Benson, Laurel Marsden, Lilly Cooper, Luna Steeples, and more.
The film is directed and produced by Lawrence from a screenplay written by Michael Lesslie, based on a draft by Collins and Michael Arndt. It hails from franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson, with Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller serving as executive producers.