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The Hunger Games Prequel Has Cast Its Young President Snow

While the tale of Katniss Everdeen ended in 2015 with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, the Hunger Games franchise isn’t done providing cinematic entertainment. A film adaptation of the 2020 book The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, which takes place decades before the main Hunger Games saga, is on the way. This story focuses on Coriolanus Snow, the eventual president of Panem, in his younger years, and today it’s been revealed who will play Snow in the Hunger Games prequel.

Tom Blyth, who stars in Epix’s Western series Billy the Kid as the title character, has been tapped to play young Coriolanus Snow in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Blyth follows in the footsteps of Donald Sutherland, who played Snow in the Hunger Games film series based off the original literary trilogy by Suzanne Colins, who also penned the prequel book. Francis Lawrence, who helmed all but the first of the Hunger Games movies, is sitting back in the director’s chair for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, and here’s what he told People about Blyth’s casting:

Coriolanus Snow is many things — a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core. Tom’s take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become.


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