Here is the First Teaser For ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’

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Apart from maybe the Lords of the Rings / Hobbit series, which managed to generate six films in a matter of fourteen years, never was a cinematic franchise so swiftly prolific as The Hunger Games. To be sure, it put four chapters up on the big screen in as many years between 2012 and 2015, and also racked up a whopping three billion dollars at the box office, on a budget of just half a billion.

Of course, when the first film was released in 2012, it may have in fact shocked the sensibilities of those who could have never possibly imagined a future in which teenagers are forced to compete to the death in a kind of socio-political oneupmanship. But now after four seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale, the 2021 debut of Netflix’s wildly successful but significantly more exploitative Squid Game (with the violence driving the story, rather than the other way around), and, well…actual real life in this increasingly unsettling 21st Century, THG seems actually pretty standard stuff.

And now after seven years, the first teaser has at last just been released for the anxiously awaited prequel, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes – which actually won’t see release into theaters (via Lionsgate) until November of 2023. Specific details have been light so far, but Tom Blythe (of the Epix series Billy the Kid) has been cast as an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who would later go on to become the authoritarian President of Panem (Donald Sutherland in the original films). For the 10th annual Hunger Games, Snow is assigned to mentor Lucy Baird (played by West Side Story‘s Rachel Zegler) from the impoverished 12th District – who worries her mentor by singing in defiance at the opening ceremony.

Francis Lawrence, who directed the three sequels, is at the helm once again – meaning continuity should not at all be an issue. Though the 0:56 teaser keeps it enigmatic, simply asking us to ponder, “Who is a Songbird / And Who is a Snake” – and for some reason leaving off the question mark.

So yes, the 17-month wait ahead will still be a long one for fans – though we’re guessing additional details will trickle out as is necessary to keep up the excitement and buzz. Watch this space.

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