Viola Davis is like you’ve never seen her before as the Head Gamemaker in the official trailer for The Hunger Games prequel film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes.
The film from Lionsgate will focus on the Games’ oppressive president Coriolanus Snow (played by Donald Sutherland in the original trilogy) in his youth as he battles “his instincts for both good and evil.”
The trailer shows Tom Blyth as an 18-year-old Snow and Rachel Zegler as District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird.
Here’s an official description:
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES follows a young Coriolanus (Tom Blyth) who is the last hope for his failing lineage, the once-proud Snow family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With his livelihood threatened, Snow is reluctantly assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), a tribute from the impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray’s charm captivates the audience of Panem, Snow sees an opportunity to shift their fates. With everything he has worked for hanging in the balance, Snow unites with Lucy Gray to turn the odds in their favor. Battling his instincts for both good and evil, Snow sets out on a race against time to survive and reveal if he will ultimately become a songbird or a snake.
Viola Davis is seen in the trailer playing Head Gamemaker Volumnia Gaul.
The star-studded trailer also features Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, and Jason Schwartzman.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes is directed by Francis Lawrence who also serves as producer alongside Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.
It is executive produced by Suzanne Collins, Jim Miller, Tim Palen, and Mika Saito.