lionsgate The hunger Games prequel, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, added five new cast members as tributes and mentors. The newly announced cast includes Jerome Lance, Ashley Liao (Secret Society of the Second Born of the Royal Family), Knox Gibson, Mackenzie Lansing (Easttown Mare), and Aamer Husain (Hudson and Rex).
Per Lionsgate: “Lance will play Marcus, District 2 tribute; Liao will play Clemensia Dovecote, one of Coriolanus’ closest friends and mentor to a District 11 tribute; Knox Gibson will play District 8 tribute Bobbin; Lansing will play Coral, District 4 tribute; and Husain will play Felix Ravinstill, mentor to a District 11 tribute.”
Tom Blyth (Billy the kid) and Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) were previously announced to star Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird, respectively. The hunger Games veteran Francis Lawrence returns to direct this prequel after directing Catch fire (2013), Mocking Jay Part 1 (2014), and Mocking Jay Part 2 (2015).
The prequel is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins, with The hunger Games author involved as an executive producer. Director Lawrence, Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing, and Tim Palen and Jim Miller are involved as executive producers.
“Years before becoming the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Blyth) is the last hope of his dwindling bloodline, a once-proud family that has fallen 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 (Zegler), the female tribute of impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray retains all the Panem’s attention by singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the tide in their favor.
Uniting their showmanship instincts 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.