The story of Katniss Everdeen may have already been open and closed, but Lionsgate is setting up to return to the world of Panem again with the upcoming prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
The movie is set to come out this November, and we have a new trailer that gives us a look at the Hunger Games before it became the heartless spectacle that we saw back in 2012. Watch this:
Hunger Games fans will know Coriolanus Snow best as the main villain of the original Hunger Games films, but this prequel will have us seeing a more innocent version of the character years before he became the ruthless dictator everyone knows about.
As it turns out, Snow himself did have a little bit more humanity, but based on what we see in the trailers, it looks like he’s going to make a descent into a darker world, and it will have everything to do with him falling in love with tribute Lucy Gray Baird.
Though some would love this film to be another trilogy, I would be surprised if they managed to keep it as one contained story. After all, we know that the Hunger Games will still be around 60 years later, so it would be odd if the movie ended with some kind of cliffhanger or tease for more sequels.
Then again, that’s just my opinion.
Here’s the official description:
Experience the story of THE HUNGER GAMES — 64 years before Katniss Everdeen volunteered as tribute, and decades before Coriolanus Snow became the tyrannical President of Panem.
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE BALLAD OF SONGBIRDS & SNAKES 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.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set to hit cinemas on Nov. 17.