The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Trailer Will Transport You Right Back to Panem

The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes trailer gave fans the first look at Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, a female tribute from District 12, and Tom Blyth as young Coriolanus Snow.

By Angie Orellana Hernandez Apr 28, 2023 3:07 AMTags
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The official trailer for The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes was recently released April 27, giving fans a glimpse inside the prequel story based off Suzanne Collins' 2020 book of the same name.

Viola Davis, who plays Dr. Volumnia Gaul, kicks off the trailer by introducing the "creator of the Hunger Games themselves" Dean Casca Highbottom, portrayed in the film by Peter Dinklage.

Highbottom goes on to speak at the 10th annual Reaping Ceremony, meaning Songbirds & Snakes will take place 64 years before Panem—the fictional country the series is set in—would get to know the story of Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of the Hunger Games franchise.

As Highbottom goes on to explain that two children "from each District" will "fight to the death in the Hunger Games," fans get their first look at Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute from District 12.

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Songbirds & Snakes, though, wouldn't be complete without Tom Blyth as young Coriolanus Snow, who will notoriously go on to become a villain in the original franchise as president of Panem. In the trailer, fans see Coriolanus navigating power and politics, as well as his budding relationship with Lucy. The trailer also gives a first glimpse into Hunter Schafer's role as Coriolanus' cousin Tigris, as she's seen with blonde hair and eyebrows in a peachy pink ensemble.

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Additionally, the trailer shows tributes running through a broken down arena, sweet moments in a grassy meadow and Lucy belting out tunes on a stage. However, it ends with a cryptic message voiced by Donald Sutherland, who played Coriolanus in the original trilogy, stating, "It's the things we love most that destroy us."

The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes will slither into theaters on November 17.

Keep scrolling to see more photos from the highly-anticipated prequel.

The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Poster

Lionsgate released a first look at the dramatic dystopian movie based on Suzanne Collins' book.

Meet the Songbird

A first look at the nomadic singer Lucy Gray Baird, played by Rachel Zegler in Songbirds & Snakes.

Pure as Snow

Lucy Gray is assigned Capitol citizen Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) as her mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games.

Star-Crossed Lovers

Chemistry is catching fire between the young pair.

Doom in District 12

The nomadic singer appears in the rural district in the prequel film.

Meet Tigris

A first look at a young Tigris (Euphoria's Hunter Schafer) who lives on to see the 75th Hunger Games as she appears in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2. 

The Weather is Looking Lucky

Lucretius "Lucky" Flickerman (Jason Schwartzman) is an on-air weathercaster for the Capitol before he is tapped to act as host of the 10th Hunger Games. 


Sejanus Plinth (Josh Andrés Rivera) and Coriolanus strike up a friendship in the Capitol's Academy. 

Haunted by the Past

Casca Highbottom (Peter Dinklage) is Dean of the Academy and runs the first ever mentorship program for the Hunger Games—but a past connection to the Games may prove to be too much. 

The Mind Behind the Games

In addition to being an instructor at the Academy, Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis) acts as the Head Gamemaker for the 10th Hunger Games and is known for her muttations. 

Let the Games Begin

The 10th Hunger Games might look different for seasoned fans, but they will prove to be the most important for the Capitol yet. 

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