The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Official Trailer

Every story has a beginning as Lionsgate releases the official trailer for the upcoming prequel to The Hunger Games titled The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. View trailer below.

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.

Oh wow…. wow! I’m quite impressed with this trailer. I was hoping one would eventually materialize sometime soon and it appears it has. The new trailer showcases plenty of new footage (or rather the first footage shown) definitely looks interesting, with the narrative focusing on a younger President Snow character and how he changes the “Hunger Games” competition to be more of a spectacle rather than a blood sport. Plus, I do like the additional cast, including Viola Davis, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Schwartzman. Overall, I’m very interested to see this prequel endeavor. Heck, I might actually take the time to read the book over the summer before the movie comes out.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes  opens in theaters on November 17th, 2023


  • I wasn’t anticipating this film at all – however, this trailer actually gets me quite excited!

  • I was pleasantly surprised by this trailer. I’m gonna go ahead and add this book to my summer reading list as well!

    • Haha….same year. I’ve known about the book for quite some time, but never had the urge to pick it up and read it. After seeing this trailer, I’m definitely going to do so.

  • I’ve never considered the Hunger Games movies spectacular, but thought they were decent enough I wanted to see the next, then the next, and the next. I think a lot of that comes from being a huge fan of Battle Royale, so the concept wasn’t new or shocking to me like it was for many, but the Hunger Games are still good, solid movies and I found them enjoyable. But this one intrigues me and I’m very excited about seeing it. It looks like it will be really good, and I’m curious to see how the backstory fills in the blanks. Sometimes a backstory is better left to the imagination, there’s always the chance of over explaining, or wrecking the vision of what people already have in their minds.

    • Thank you for your comment. I, too, wasn’t a huge fan of the Hunger Games….mostly the books. I think I read the first book right before the first movie came out. I think that the films got better, but I felt that some things were a bit too elongated in Mockingjay Part 1. Still, I’m very much so quite excited to see what this new prequel story measures up to the rest of the movie franchise.

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