Lionsgate has released the first teaser trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The movie is based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 book and the story takes place decades before Katniss Everdeen’s adventures. The story is based on a young 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, an ambitious boy who ultimately becomes the tyrannical leader of the dystopian country of Panem.
Tom Blyth (Billy the Kid and The Gilded Age) is set to play Snow and he’s joined by Rachel Zegler (West Side Story) and who will take on the role of Lucy Gray Baird. Here’s the official synopsis that was shared with the trailer:
Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) 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 (Rachel Zegler), 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 Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.
This teaser trailer first premiered at CinemaCon back in April. Unfortunately, there’s no actual footage from the film in the teaser. It’s just a big dramatic visual CGI build-up to the logo reveal.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is being helmed by franchise director Francis Lawrence, and will be released in theaters on November 17th, 2023.