Based on Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name, the movie focuses on a younger version of President Snow, the dictator of Panem. But it’s not just a villain origin story — The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is more about the formation of the games into the grand spectacle that Katniss was forced to participate in. The book dives into how propaganda and spin turned the Games from something that the Capitol citizens weren’t quite cool with into their favorite event of the year.
Tom Blyth (The Gilded Age) stars as young President Snow, with West Side Story’s Rachel Zelger as Lucy Gray Baird, the District 12 tribute that he becomes obsessed with. Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer plays Snow’s cousin Tigris and Viola Davis and Peter Dinklage play a few more Capitol citizens instrumental in the creation of the Hunger Games.
The book came out in 2020, but even before it was officially released, there was a movie deal in place.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters on Nov. 17.