Golden Globe victor Rachel Zegler has officially been tapped for the leading role of Lucy Gray Baird in Lionsgate’s honest The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and also Snakes. The innovator is currently arranged for a November 17, 2023, staged launch.
Zegler will star opposite Tom Blyth (Billy the Kid), who was lately cast as the young Coriolanus Snow, the primary antagonist of the original movie series.
” When you check out Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s psychological knowledge, physical dexterity, and also very powerful, figured out vocal singing voice shine through,” President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, Nathan Kahane claimed in a declaration. “Rachel symbolizes all of those skills– she is the excellent selection for our Lucy Gray.”
” Like everybody, I initially saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, as well as like everyone, I recognized I was watching a star that would regulate the display for a generation,” said supervisor Francis Lawrence. “Lucy Gray is a best suit for her as a starlet: the personality is bold, independent, and also defiant, yet also at risk, emotional, and caring. Rachel will make this personality unforgettable.”
Based upon the 2020 prequel book by Suzanne Collins, The Ballad of Songbirds and also Snakes is set 64 years before the occasions of the trilogy, beginning on the morning of the gaining of the Tenth Hunger Games where an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is assigned as the coach for the tribute girl from the poverty-stricken District 12.
“With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is startled when he is appointed to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the woman tribute from poor District 12. After Lucy Gray regulates all of Panem’s attention by defiantly vocal singing throughout the reaping ceremony, Snow believes he might be able to transform the chances in their support.
Written by Michael Lesslie based on a draft by Collins and Michael Arndt, the movie will certainly be helmed by Hunger Games films supervisor Francis Lawrence. It will certainly be shepherded by franchise manufacturer Nina Jacobson as well as her creating companion Brad Simpson, together with Francis Lawrence. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller will act as executive producers. Meredith Wieck and also Scott O’Brien are overseeing on behalf of the workshop.
Following her outbreak duty and also acting debut in Steven Spielberg’s The West Side Story, Zegler’s celebrity is continuing to increase, as she has actually currently aligned a number of prominent projects including Shazam! Fury of the Gods, the live-action adjustment of Snow White, as well as Apple’s computer animated dream film Spellbound.