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Tuesday, July 19, 2022

HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES Casts Peter Dinklage

HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES Casts Peter Dinklage

Golden Globe and Emmy-winning "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage has joined the cast of Lionsgate's upcoming "Hunger Games" prequel. Titled "Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes", the film is based on Suzanne Collins' 2020 novel of the same name, and will be directed by franchise veteran Francis Lawrence, who previously helmed "Catching Fire", "Mockingjay Part One" and "Mockingjay Part Two".

According to the logline, the story follows an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, years before he became the tyrannical President of Panem. The young 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, 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 who is a snake.

Dinklage will star as Casca Highbottom, dean of the Academy. The cast also includes Tom Blyth as the young Coriolanus Snow, and Rachel Zegler as tribute Lucy Gray Baird.

The adaptation is penned by Michael Leslie, who built upon a previous draft by Michael Arndt. "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" will be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.

Dinklage is next set to star in "Brothers" opposite Josh Brolin and Brendan Fraser, and "She Came to Me" alongside Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei.







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