Viola Davis lands lead villain role in ‘Hunger Games’ prequel

Viola Davis is set to play a deformed villain in Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents.”

Monday the movie is Official Twitter The account confirmed that the Oscar winner will play Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the game manager for the 10th annual Hunger Games.

In the upcoming film – based on the 2020 novel by Suzanne Collins – District 12’s female tribute Lucy Gray Baird will face off in a televised, bloody battle royale against other children.

Fans of the franchise will recall Jennifer Lawrence’s character, Katniss Everdeen, as District 12’s tribute in the 74th and 75th games.

The dystopian action-adventure also stars previously announced cast members Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) as Lucy Gray Baird, Tom Blyth (“Billy the Kid”) as young Coriolanus Snow. , Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Schwartzman (“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”) and Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”).

“Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is fearsome. Snow’s craftsmanship as a political operative grows largely through his experiences with her as the games’ most dominant figure,” a said director Francis Lawrence, who worked on the last three of the franchise’s four films. The Hollywood Reporter.

An official synopsis for the film reads: “Years before he became the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope of his dwindling bloodline, a once-proud family that has fallen out of favor. in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is named a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, the female tribute of impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray gets the full attention of Panem singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the tide in their favor.

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents” will premiere in theaters on November 17, 2023.


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