Oscar winner Viola Davis has been signed on to star as the villain in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel film The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes.
Viola Davis joins Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbird and Snakes as the villain Dr. Volumnia Gaul
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Davis will play Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head game maker of the 10th annual Hunger Games. She joins Tom Blyth, who will play the young Coriolanus Snow, and Rachel Zegler, who plays tribute Lucy Gray Baird from the impoverished District 12. Other announced stars include Josh Andrés Rivera, Peter Dinklage, and Hunter Schafer.
The prequel’s official synopsis reads, “Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.”
“But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and a snake.”
Francis Lawrence returns to the series, having directed the sequels Catching Fire and both parts of Mockingjay. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers on the new project. The latest draft of the film is being written by Michael Lesslie. The screenplay will be based on the work of writers Collins and Michael Arndt, who also co-wrote the earlier Hunger Games sequel film Catching Fire.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is scheduled to be released on November 17, 2023.
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