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‘The Hunger Games’ prequel ropes in Tom Blyth to play Coriolanus Snow

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The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel of The Hunger Games, has cast Tom Blyth, best known for Billy the Kid and The Gilded Age.

According to Variety, the actor will play young President Coriolanus Snow in the Lionsgate feature film. The character was originally played by Hollywood veteran Donald Sutherland in the four-part movie franchise based on the novel series by Suzanne Collins.

Names of other cast members will be announced later.

The movie is based on the 2020 book of the same name, which is set decades before the adventures of Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games films. The original movies also starred Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, and Elizabeth Banks.

Michael Arndt, who wrote the franchise’s second chapter Catching Fire and was intended to write the screenplay, has passed on duties to Michael Lesslie.

The prequel story takes place as an 18-yearold Snow is chosen to be mentor during the 10th Hunger Games, a televised event in which teenagers are chosen via lottery to fight to the death.

Calling Blyth “an explosive rising talent”, Erin Westerman, president of production, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group said the actor was the perfect choice for this leading role.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is scheduled for a November 17, 2023 release. PTI

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