After being wildly successful New York Times bestsellers, Suzanne Collins’s hunger games the novels were quickly adapted into a multi-film franchise beginning in 2013. The four entries in the series have grossed over $600 million worldwide, but The hunger games has been dormant since 2015 Mockingjay – Part 2. That will change next year, as Lionsgate is in the midst of developing a prequel film titled Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents, based on the novel of the same name, released in 2020. The cast of the next chapter of the hunger games The story already includes Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, and Hunter Schafer, and now a member of the Lannister family is heading to Panem.
Deadline reports that Peter Dinklage is the latest to join Songbirds and Snakes as Casca Highbottom. In the novel, Highbottom is the dean of the Academy and develops the idea of the Hunger Games as a theoretical event for a school project. Highbottom has a contentious relationship with Coriolanus Snow’s father, which results in the Dean being poisoned at the end of the tale. Dinklage is perhaps best known for his Emmy-winning role as Tyrion Lannister in game of thronesbut the actor has an extensive filmography which also includes Cyrano, Avengers: Infinity Warand X-Men: Days of Future Past. Previous work in high profile franchises and fantasy epics should make Dinklage an ideal candidate for the world of The hunger Games.
Songbirds and Snakes is a throwback to the YA Boom of the 2010s
The success of The hunger Games played a major role in the deluge of film adaptations of young adult novels that exploded in the 2010s. Harry Potter opened the floodgates and Dusk kept up the momentum, hunger games picked up the torch and created a new wave of films aimed at young readers of novels such as Divergent and The maze Runner. The YA novel-to-movie pipeline has largely dried up over the past few years, but Lionsgate is clearly hoping there’s enough residual love to The hunger Games to launch a new era for the franchise out of Songbirds and Snakes.
The prequel film is currently in production and is directed by Francis Lawrence. After Gary Ross directed the first hunger games film, Lawrence took the reins for the last three entries in the franchise. Lawrence’s biggest project since then was in 2018 red sparrowwhich was a meeting with hunger games star Jennifer Lawrence, and her next film will be Slumberland, which will be released on Netflix later this year. As announced by Lionsgate at CinemaCon in April, Songbirds and Snakes will be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.