The Hunger Gamesprequel already has its star Rachel Zegler will be Lucy Gray Baird The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and SnakesLionsgate announced Tuesday morning that via Deadline. The West Side Story The Francis Lawrence-directed film will be released in theaters on Nov. 17, 2023. Tom Blyth will star opposite the star. He plays a young Coriolanus, the character made famous by Donald Sutherland’s original trilogy.
Snow was once the last hope of his once-proud family. He became the President Panem before that. Snow is assigned to mentor Baird in the 10th Annual Hunger Games. After the District 12 defiant tribute commands Panem’s notice with her symbolic gesture during reaping, Snow believes he can turn the odds to her favor. Can Snow and Baird collaborate in the race to survive?
“When you read Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, physical agility, and fiercely powerful, determined singing voice shine through. Rachel embodies all of those skills – she is the perfect choice for our Lucy Gray,”Nathan Kahane (president, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group), released a statement. Deadline.
“Like everybody, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation,”Lawrence was also added. “Lucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent, and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”
Hunger Games Nina Jacobson, producer, praised Zegler. “utterly compelling,”She is just her character. “Lucy Gray is an incredibly complex character, a performer who has to use every skill in her arsenal to survive,”Jacobson spoke. “Our casting team, Deb Zane and Dylan Jury, spearheaded an exhaustive search, reading hundreds of actors in search of our perfect Lucy Gray. That search ended when Rachel Zegler blew the roof off with her depth and breadth of talent as an actor, singer, and performer. Rachel is utterly compelling; just like Lucy Gray, her voice and charisma command the stage while her inner strength and humanity transform those around her.”