Welcome back to Panem. The first trailer for the highly anticipated "Hunger Games" prequel movie, "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes," has arrived. The new dystopian film stars Tom Blyth as a young Coriolanus Snow - who's president in the OG films - during the early days of the Hunger Games. In the movie, he's assigned to mentor Rachel Zegler's District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird during the 10th ever Hunger Games, and their connection will change both their lives forever.
"The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" cast features some big names like Viola Davis, who will star as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker for the 10th annual Hunger Games - but she's not the only award-winning name to sign onto the film. The trailer also previews Peter Dinklage's role in the film as Casca Highbottom, dean of the academy, attended by Coriolanus, and coauthor of the Hunger Games itself. "Euphoria" star Hunter Schafer also stars in the film Tigris Snow, Coriolanus's cousin and confidante who advises him on everything.
The forthcoming movie is based on Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins's prequel of the same name that was released in May 2020. The story's events take place 64 years before the original novels and films and only 10 years after Panem's first rebellion. While Katniss Everdeen's Panem is under harsh government control, this Panem is still grappling with the aftereffects of the war.
The original Hunger Games movies starred Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss, the unlikely and reluctant hero who becomes the symbol of a revolution. Lawrence was joined by Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz, and "Daisy Jones and the Six" star Sam Claflin. Donald Sutherland played the menacing President Coriolanus Snow in the original films.
Read ahead for everything we know about "The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes" so far, including the cast, trailer, release date, and more.