Rachel Zegler Lands Leading Role in Hunger Games Prequel

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We all remember the iconic eeriness of The Hunger Games, a dystopian fantasy story centered around Katniss Everdeen in fictional Panem. Fast forward to now, where author Suzanne Collins has since released the prequel to the series entitled “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,”

Which tells the story of young Coriolanus Snow as he mentors tributes for the first Hunger Games. This take on the story is interesting, with young Snow developing feelings for the District 12 tribute, Lucy Gray Baird. Baird is set to be played by half-Colombian actress of West Side Story fame Rachel Zegler.

Zegler initially announced her role via a cryptic tweet below:

Eagle-eyed fans were quickly able to decipher the beginning of each word to spell out her new role as Lucy Gray Baird, with Zegler confirming the suspicions on her account:

President Snow was a controversial and much-hated character in the series, driven mad with power. The prequel, released back in 2020, is a great fill-in-the-blank read with Snow’s character development rapidly changing minds of long-haul fans of the series. Tom Blyth will be fulfilling the role of young Snow in the new film, due to release in 2023.

The actress, while ecstatic, has received mixed reviews on her casting.

One thing’s for sure; we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this one!!

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