The studio introduced Tuesday that Zegler will play Lucy Grey Baird in “The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” an extension of the “Starvation Video games” saga that takes place many years earlier than the adventures of Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen. Katniss performed within the 74th Starvation Video games; Baird can be part of the tenth Starvation Video games.
Susan Collins, whose books have been tailored into the $3 billion blockbuster franchise, in 2020 revealed a prequel novel upon which “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is predicated. Within the movie, Lucy Grey Baird, a tribute from the impoverished District 12, sings in a pivotal second through the reaping ceremony. Zegler stars reverse Tom Blyth, who performs the 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow.
“Our casting group, Deb Zane and Dylan Jury, spearheaded an exhaustive search, studying a whole bunch of actors in the hunt for our good Lucy Grey. That search ended when Rachel Zegler blew the roof off together with her depth and breadth of expertise as an actor, singer, and performer,” mentioned producer Nina Jacobson in an announcement. “Rachel is completely compelling; similar to Lucy Grey, her voice and charisma command the stage whereas her interior energy and humanity rework these round her.”
Lionsgate is to launch the film in theaters Nov. 17, 2023.