Pop songs that released with movies felt like a thing of the past, but with Top Gun: Maverick’s Holy My Hand from Lady Gaga and Barbie’s Dance the Night from Dua Lipa, it looks like the trend is making a comeback.
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has been clear about the role music will play in the film, and a new preview gives us a tease of a new song from Olivia Rodrigo titled Can’t Catch Me Now. Watch this:
With president Snow being likened to a snake back in the original Hunger Games films, the Songbird in the title will be referring to the character of Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the tribute from District 12 who Snow apparently falls in love with.
Though audiences got to watch Katniss reluctantly become a celebrity for the capitol and eventually the revolution, Lucy has been described as a sort of “anti-Katniss” in that she is very adept with performing and playing the game for the audiences. She was also said to be the one to write the Hanging Tree anthem which Katniss uses in the Mockingjay films.
Here’s the official description for the movie:
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 comes to theaters on Nov. 17.