‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel Casting: ’Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer Joins Cast Of Mentors and Tributes
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Panem, you have your tributes! Lionsgate released updated information regarding the ensemble that will complete the world behind next year’s TheHunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
The new film tells the origin story of the franchise’s dystopian president and ringleader, Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth.
Euphoria star Hunter Schafer has been cast to play Tigris Snow, cousin and confidante to Coriolanus, and his advisor in all matters -- from Coriolanus' role as a mentor to serving as the core of his moral compass.
Ms. Marvel's Lauren Marsden will play Mayfair Lipp, who places Lucy Gray’s name into contention for the tenth Hunger Games.
Covid and Coffee's Nick Benson star will play Jessup, tribute from District 12.
The Witcher's Lily Cooper will play Arachne Crane, mentor to a tribute from District 10.
The Red Rose actor, Hiroki Berrecloth, will play Treech, tribute from District 7.
Luna Steeples will play Dill, tribute from District 11.
West Side Story's Josh Andrés Rivera has been cast as Sejanus Plinth, the mentor to a tribute from District 2 and a close friend of young Snow.
Jerome Lance will play Marcus, a tribute from the dystopian world’s District 2.
Mackenzie Lansing will play Coral, a tribute from District 4.
Knox Gibson will play Bobbin, tribute from District 8.
Aamer Husain will play Ravinstill, mentor to a tribute from District 11.
Ashley Liao will play Clemensia Dovecoat, a close friend of Coriolanus and mentor to a tribute from District 11.
As previously announced,West Side Story's Rachel Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird, the impoverished District 12 tribute that Coriolanus is assigned to mentor. Lucy is an orphan and a singer, who wows her mentor and eventually, viewers across Panem, with her impressive voice -- before proving in the Games that she's even more cunning than she seems. This also marks the second time Zegler and Rivera, her real-life boyfriend, are appearing in a film together.
Referencing Rivera's casting news, Zegler wrote on her Instagram Story, "Never been prouder of someone in my life lemme tell you."
In a press release about Blythe's casting, the studio described protagonist Coriolanus as such: "Eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem's attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake."
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes director Francis Lawrence also noted in a previous statement, "Coriolanus Snow is many things – a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core. Tom's take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become."
The film will be released Nov. 17, 2023. May the odds be ever in its favor.