With the casting announcements of Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler, in 2023 the world will discover the songbird and the snake. In a REVEAL trailer from Lionsgate, the film adaptation of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes teases the return to the world of The Hunger Games. In the teaser, you can see a frozen songbird shedding its icicles with the help of a golden snake. Now, the golden bird and the golden snake are one forming a new Mockingjay symbol.

This teaser invites the viewer to return to the games in 2023. Then, the world will discover who is a songbird and who is a snake.


The film franchise adaptation of Suzanne Collin’s #1 NYT Best Seller, The Hunger Games, has earned $3 billion globally. Now, it’s time for the prequel to come to life. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place years before President Snow would become the tyrannical President of Panem.

18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) 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 (Rachel Zegler). Lucy is the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. However, 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 favor. 

Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

Returning to the franchise to direct is Francis Lawerence. The Screenplay is adapted by Michael Arndt and Michael Lesslie. Producing are Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, and Francis Lawrence.