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Starring: Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, Viola Davis, Burn Gorman, Fionnula Flanagan, Ashley Liao
Dystopian action adventure prequel directed by Francis Lawrence. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (2023) 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.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Dr. Volumnia Gaul: I am honored to introduce to you, the creator of the Hunger Games themselves, Dean Casca Highbottom.
Casca Highbottom: I have summoned you all here for the Tenth Annual Reaping Ceremony, in which we choose two children from each District to fight to the death in the Hunger Games.
District 12 Announcer: From District 12, Lucy Gray Baird.
Casca Highbottom: There has been a change this year. As a Mentor, Mr. Snow, your role is to turn these children into spectacles, not survivors.
Casca Highbottom: You hear that, boy? It’s the sound of snow falling.
Lucy Gray Baird: What does my mentor do besides bring me roses?
Coriolanus Snow: I do my best to take care of you.
Lucy Gray Baird: [to Snow] You really want to take care of me in that Arena? Start by thinking I can actually win.
Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman: I’m Lucky Flickerman, first ever host of the Hunger Games.
Announcer: Enjoy the show.
Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman: Five. Four. Three. Two.
Coriolanus Snow: Run.
Dr. Volumnia Gaul: What happens in there, fueled with the terror of becoming prey, see how quickly we become predator? See how quickly civilization disappears?
Lucy Gray Baird: There’s a natural goodness built into us all. We can step across that line into evil, or not.
Lucretius ‘Lucky’ Flickerman: How wonderful that we all get to be here, for someone’s final performance.
Tigris Snow: It’s not just about winning.
Coriolanus Snow: Everything is about winning.
Sejanus Plinth: You’re monsters! All of you!
President Snow: It’s the things we love most, that destroy us.