June 30, 2022

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Rachel Ziegler to star in prequel Hunger Games ‘The Ballad of Snakes and Songbirds’

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The West Side Story star is set to reprise her role as iconic heroine Lucy Gray Bird in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Snakes and Songbirds. The actress will join Pelicans’ Blood star Tom Blyth, who was recently cast as young Coriolanus Snow in the film adaptation of Susan Collins’ already cult novel. And according to the official statement, the plot will affect the fate of 18-year-old Snow before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem.

“Before the 10th Annual Hunger Games, young Snow is dismayed when she is assigned to Lucy Gray Baird, a girl from the poorest District 12. But Lucy Gray is followed by all Panam’s attention by singing defensively during the harvest ceremony. Well, Snow thinks the tide may be turning in their favor,” the description says.
Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, has already given his comments regarding the future project. In her opinion, when you read Susannah’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, her physical agility, and the singer’s fiery, strong, determined voice shine in all their glory. Rachel simply embodies these qualities and would be the ideal embodiment of the book’s heroine. In addition, Francis Lawrence, who is already best known as the director of three of the four adaptations of The Hunger Games, as well as producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, will be responsible for filming the future masterpiece.
“Like everyone else, I saw Rachel Ziegler in West Side Story for the first time, and I knew I was watching a star who would command an entire generation through the screen. Lucy Gray has made her mark as an actress. Perfect for the role: The heroine is brave, independent, and defiant, but at the same time vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable,” said Lawrence.

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