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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – Deadline

More castings are gearing up for the highly anticipated Lionsgate prequel The Hunger Games – The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents. It was announced this morning Westside Story Maria actress Rachel Zegler joins the Francis Lawrence-directed film in the female lead of Lucy Gray Baird. She joins the recently announced Tom Blyth as the young Coriolanus Snow, the role made famous by Donald Sutherland in the original trilogy.

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Years before he became the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from impoverished District 12. Snow believes he can turn the odds in her favor. Combining their instinct for showmanship 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.

“When you read Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, physical agility and fiercely powerful, determined singing voice shine through. Rachel embodies all of those skills – she’s the perfect choice for our Lucy Gray,” said Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group.

“Like everyone else, I saw Rachel Zegler in it for the first time Westside Story, and like everyone I knew I was seeing a star who would rule the screen for a generation,” Lawrence said. “Lucy Gray is a perfect fit for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”

“Lucy Gray is an incredibly complex character, a performer who must use every skill in her arsenal to survive. Our casting team, Deb Zane and Dylan Jury, conducted an exhaustive search, reading through hundreds of actors in search of our perfect Lucy Gray. That quest ended when Rachel Zegler blew the ceiling with her depth and breadth of talent as an actress, singer and performer. Rachel is absolutely convincing; Just like Lucy Gray, her voice and charisma dominate the stage while her inner strength and humanity transform those around her,” she said hunger games Producer Nina Jacobson.

Lionsgate recently announced that the prequel will hit theaters worldwide on November 17, 2023 hunger games Franchise has grossed over $3 billion WW.

Lawrence was previously at the top The hunger Games movies Catching Fire, Mockingjay Part One and Mockingjay Part Two. Jacobson is producing with her partner Brad Simpson and Lawrence. hunger games Author Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller will serve as EPs.

The final draft of the screenplay is by Michael Lesslie (Macbethwith Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, and Assassin’s Creed). Lesslie builds on the work of Collins and Michael Arndt (Oscar-winning screenwriter of Little Miss Sunshineand one of the writers catch fire). The screenplay is based on the best-selling novel by Collins. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are serving on behalf of the studio.

Zegler was recognized for her role as Maria in Steven Spielberg’s National Board of Review and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress Westside Story. She will next appear in DC Comics. Shazam! wrath of the gods alongside Zachary Levi, Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, which debuts in December. She is currently filming the title role in Disney’s live action snow white, directed by Marc Webb. It is represented by ICM and Freundlich Law.

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