“The Song of Birds and Snakes”: Behind this title hides the history of the four “Hunger Games” films with Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen. Since the action of “The Song of Birds and Snakes” takes place about 64 years earlier, Katniss was of course not born then – unlike the big villain of the “Hunger Games” series: Coriolanus Snow.
Played by Donald Sutherland in the Hunger Games films, Snow is now seen as a high school-aged young man (played by Tom Blyth) in A Song of Birds and Snakes. and while Snow was the antagonist of heroine Katniss in “Hunger Games”, a love story connects him with the female protagonist of the prequel: Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler).
This can also be seen in the first image for “The Song of Birds and Snakes” that the magazine Vanity Fair published. Like it at Vanity Fair further that means, in the prequel we will see that Coriolanus is caught between two very different women who could take his life in different directions: namely Lucy and Dr. Volumnia Gaul (Viola Davis), the game maker at the time and a mentor of sorts to Snow.
Like Katniss, Lucy Gray comes from the impoverished twelfth district of Panem and as the female protagonist, of course, she is her successor (or predecessor), nevertheless emphasizes director Francis Lawrence Vanity Fairthat there are differences between the figures:
“This isn’t meant to be a judgement, though Lucy Gray is the anti-Katniss. She is a musician, an artist, a charmer. Snow has never met a young woman like her.”
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It is also said that Lucy Gray belongs to a group known for their close-knit musical culture. And she causes a stir at the tributes’ selection ceremony by singing a song.
That in turn is somehow reminiscent of Katniss and her “The Hanging Tree” song, which becomes the anthem of resistance to the Capitol. By the way, in “The Song of Birds and Snakes” we should learn more about the background of “The Hanging Tree”.
A Song of Birds and Snakes opens in US theaters on November 17, 2023. There is no German start date yet, but November 16 next year is very likely.
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