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Viola Davis smiles at a press event. She has just been cast in The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes

Viola Davis Joins Cast of ‘The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’

Viola Davis has joined the cast of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. 

The Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress will play Head Gamemaker and villain Dr. Volumnia Gaul in the upcoming prequel.

“Glad to be a part of this universe,” Viola shared on Twitter, confirming her involvement.


Who else will be starring in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes?

Viola will star alongside Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird, Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow,Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman and Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth.


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What will The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes be about?

According to a synopsis from Lionsgate, the prequel will focus on 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow who “is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favour. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and a snake.”


When will The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes be released?

The good news is we won’t have to wait too much longer. The film will be released November 17.


(Feature Image Credit: Kathy Hutchins/Shutterstock)

*This post has been updated on September 8, 2023 with an official release date for the film.

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