Get ready to be thrown back into the thrilling Hunger Games world! The upcoming prequel film, Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, will take us back to where it all began, following the story of a young Coriolanus Snow before he becomes the tyrannical President of Panem.
Set during the 10th annual Hunger Games, the film explores the punishment inflicted on the districts for the uprising against the Capitol. Coriolanus is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the District 12 female tribute, who is not exactly the best of the bunch. However, Coriolanus sees an opportunity to secure his future by winning the Plinth Prize, a cash reward given to the mentor of the victorious tribute.
The trailer opens with a haunting version of The Hanging Tree, sung by Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray. This song, originally heard in the later films by Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen, has a deeper connection in the prequel.
It is revealed that Lucy Gray, a member of the Covey, a group of musical nomads, is the original creator of this powerful song. The trailer introduces various elements and characters that tie back to the original Hunger Games franchise.
Coriolanus welcomes Lucy Gray with a white rose, establishing it as his signature floral gift throughout the film. We also witness Coriolanus’ journey as he is forced into Peacekeeper duties, leading him to District 12 and familiar surroundings.
Two key adversaries in young Snow’s life are also introduced in the trailer. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis) is a sinister head gamemaker, while Casca Highbottom (Peter Dinklage), is a school dean and the unintentional creator of the Hunger Games.
The performances of both Davis and Dinklage are praised by director Francis Lawrence, who fought to have them cast in their respective roles. With nods to the original films and the veiled warning from Coriolanus’ voiceover, “The things we love most destroy us,” the trailer sets up an emotional and epic storyline that goes beyond just the games themselves.
Get ready to return to the arena on November 17th when Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hits theaters.