Rachel Zegler's 'The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' Casting Confirmed, To Star as Lucy Gray Baird in 'Hunger Games' Prequel

Rachel Zegler's 'The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes' Casting Confirmed, To Star as Lucy Gray Baird in 'Hunger Games' Prequel

All the rumors are true, yeah – it’s official, Rachel Zegler has indeed been cast as the female lead in the upcoming The Hunger Games prequel series!

The 21-year-old actress is having a major start to her career, as she will now star in the The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes as Lucy Gray Baird.

Lionsgate, the movie studio behind The Hunger Games franchise, confirmed the news on Tuesday (May 31) after rumors swirled over the weekend, and after Rachel sneakily confirmed the casting.

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For those that don’t know, Lucy is the girl tribute from District 12 in the 10th Hunger Games, the same district Katniss Everdeen is from.

“so much joy. i love movies. i cannot believe i get to make them. i am so thankful that this is my life. thanks for being on this ride with me. see ya later. πŸ’“πŸ•ŠπŸ’›πŸπŸ’™,” Rachel tweeted on Tuesday (May 31).

Here’s a synopsis: Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.

But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.

Rachel will star alongside Tom Blyth, who was announced to be playing Coriolanus Snow earlier this month.

β€œWhen you read Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, physical agility, and fiercely powerful, determined singing voice shine through. Rachel embodies all of those skills – she is the perfect choice for our Lucy Gray,” Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, shared in a statement.

β€œLike everybody, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation,” director Francis Lawrence shared. β€œLucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: the character is bold, independent, and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is already set to debut in theaters on November 17, 2023.

Every project Rachel has been in so far has been pretty big – First, she made her debut in the new West Side Story, next she’ll be Shazam: Fury of the Gods later this year, and she is about to wrap up on the live action Snow White. Plus, she has an animated movie musical in the works as well!

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