Lionsgate revealed the official trailer for the highly anticipated “The Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” on Friday.
Set around 64 years before “The Hunger Games,” the upcoming film focuses on Coriolanus Snow before he becomes the tyrannical president of the fictional North American nation known as Panem.
In “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” Snow, aged 18, is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird for the 10th annual Hunger Games.
In the games, which are a televised event, child participants known as “tributes” must fight to the death in a public arena. Whoever is the last person standing is sent back to their home district with several rewards, including food, money and supplies.
“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 Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake,” the film’s official synopsis reads in part.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is a film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ international bestselling novel of the same name.
Liao (“Always Be My Maybe,” “Fuller House”) is notably the first actor of Asian descent who plays a charater with a significant role in a “The Hunger Games” film. Actors of Asian descent who have previously played minor roles in the film franchise include Tara Macken (District 4 tribute), Chris Mark (District 5 tribute), Sam Ly (District 7 tribute), Samuel Tan (District 8 tribute) and Jeremy Marinas (District 10 tribute).
“The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” will premiere in cinemas on Nov. 17. Check out its official trailer below: