The Hunger Games prequel casts Billy the Kid actor in the lead role

Global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) today announced that the studio has cast Tom Blyth, currently seen as the title character in EPIX’s “Billy the Kid,” as the young Coriolanus Snow in the highly anticipated studio feature ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents’, the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ New York Times #1 bestseller. The announcement was made today by Erin Westerman, President of Production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

The studio recently announced that moviegoers will return to The Hunger Games, the landmark film franchise that has grossed over $3 billion worldwide, with the adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ New York Times #1 bestseller. The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents,” in theaters November 17, 2023. Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope of his dwindling bloodline, a once-proud family who fell out of favor in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual “Hunger Games” fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is named a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, the impoverished District 12’s female tribute. But, after Lucy Gray gets Panem’s full attention by singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks she can turn the tide in their favor. Uniting their showmanship instincts and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.

“Tom Blyth is an explosive rising talent whose compelling and charismatic presence makes him an exciting and perfect actor for this lead role,” Westerman said.

“Coriolanus Snow is many things – a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a child who quickly falls in love and an ambitious young man at heart,” said director Francis Lawrence. “Tom’s take on the character showed us all of the complex ambiguities of this young man as he grows into the tyrant he would become.”

“Tom’s performance will both fill and disrupt everything you think you know about Coriolanus Snow. He’s a tremendous talent that will show why Snow always comes out on top,” said producer Nina Jacobson.

The film will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who previously directed the franchise’s “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay Part One,” and “Mockingjay Part Two.” It will be directed by franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson, as well as Francis Lawrence. Suzanne Collins and Tim Palen will serve as executive producers.

The latest draft of the screenplay is by Michael Lesslie (“Macbeth”, with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and “Assassin’s Creed”). Lesslie draws on the work of writers Suzanne Collins and Michael Arndt (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” as well as one of the screenwriters of “Catching Fire”). The screenplay is based on Collins’ bestselling novel.

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