Actor Hunter Schafer (of Euphoria-fame) has joined the cast of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which is Liongate’s prequel to The Hunger Games.
The movie, adapted from Suzanne Collins’ 2020 book of the same name, takes place decades before Katniss Everdeen’s (Jennifer Lawrence) adventures in The Hunger Games. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revolve around Coriolanus Snow, an ambitious boy who eventually becomes the tyrannical leader of the dystopian country of Panem.
According to Deadline, Schafer will feature alongside Tom Blyth and West Side Story-star Rachel Zegler in the prequel. Blyth will play the young Snow, while Zegler is taking on the role of Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.
Schafer will play Tigris Snow, Coriolanus’s cousin and confidante, who advises him in everything – from his role as mentor to the core of his moral compass.
The latest draft of the screenplay is by Michael Lesslie, who builds on the work of writers Suzanne Collins and Michael Arndt.
The project will be produced by Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson, along with Francis Lawrence. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen, and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers.
Schafer made her acting debut portraying Jules in the HBO critically acclaimed series Euphoria. She is currently working on the film Cuckoo from director Tilman Singer.