Hunger Games without Jennifer Lawrence: the tormented youth of President Snow at the heart of the spectacular trailer for the prequel!

The new trailer and duration for “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird” have been revealed. Discover the youth of the future President of Panem in the cinema from November 15.

After introducing us to the creators of the games in a video unveiled this summer, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird, the prequel to the saga led by Jennifer Lawrence is revealed with a new trailer.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, to whom we owe the last three parts of the Hunger Games franchise, the film is adapted from the novel by Suzanne Collins published in May 2020. This prequel takes place 64 years before Katniss’ story. It centers on the youth of Coriolanus Snow, future President of Panem played by Donald Sutherland in the film saga.

The trailer, revealed above, presents us with a young Coriolanus Snow worried about his protégé: the tribute Lucy Gray. Did Snow once have a heart or was he already playing a role? This is the question that the film promises to answer.

The video shows a tree several times, the most diligent will have understood that it is the famous Hangman’s Tree, the subject of the song covered by Katniss in the Hunger Games films and written by Lucy Gray, “the songbird” of this prequel. A nod to previous films that fans of the cult saga will not have missed.

In The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird, young Coriolanus is the last hope of his lineage. The Snow family, once rich and proud, has now fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. As the 10th Hunger Games approach, he is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a tribute from District 12, the poorest and most despised of Panem. The charm of Lucy Gray having captivated the public, Snow sees the opportunity to change her destiny, and will join forces with her to tip fate in their favor.

Who is in the cast of the Hunger Games prequel?

British actor Tom Blyth slips into the skin of young Coriolanus Snow, Rachel Zegler, revealed by West Side Story by Steven Spielberg and upcoming Snow White from the live action Disney film lends her features to Lucy, Hunter Schafer (Jules in Euphoria) is Tigris Snow, Coriolanus’ cousin. The character already appears in Hunger Games: Rebellion part 2 in the guise of Eugenie Bondurant.


Rachel Zegler & Tom Blyth

Multi-awarded actress Viola Davis stars as the cruel Doctor Volumnia Gaul, the creator of the 10th edition of The Hunger Games. A role that suits him wonderfully and is reminiscent of his character from the series Murder.

Peter Dinklage, famous Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones, plays Casca Highbottom, the dean of the Academy. Finally, Jason Schwartzman is Lucretius Flickerman, the presenter of the Games and ancestor of Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci). And although Jennifer Lawrence says she is ready to return to the saga, she should not appear in the casting of this film.

If you want to discover the cast in photos, it’s here.

How long is The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird?

According to Cryptic HD Quality, the final length of the next installment in the Hunger Games franchise would be 2 hours and 36 minutes. A duration shorter than that announced at the start of the year, which suggested that the film would last 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Hunger Games: The Ballad of the Serpent and the Songbird will therefore be the longest film in the franchise since the previous opuses did not exceed 2h26 (Catching Fire), credits included.

Eight years after the release of the last part of the dystopia saga which raked in nearly $3 billion at the international box office, the phenomenon will be back on the big screen on November 15.

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