The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes trailer: the number of snakes may surprise you

jason schwartzman in the ballad of songbirds and snakes trailer
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Welcome, tributes, to the first Hunger Games prequel. Check out the new The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes trailer below (ophidiophobes need not apply).

It’s been eight long years since the last Hunger Games movie (Mockingjay Part Two, fact-fans) dominated the box office, and as the release date of the series’ first prequel, based on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel, moves ever closer, we’ve got another look at what we should expect. Spoiler alert: there really aren’t that many songbirds (quite a few snakes though, but we’re coming to that).

Check out the The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes trailer below:

From the looks of things, the wealthy Capitol are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their victory over their poverty-stricken districts with something called “The Hunger Games”. Apparently it’s been going on for a while, but this time there’ll be pre-Games interviews, a spot of light murder-training and some lovely commentary courtesy of a familiarly named Lucky Flickerman (Jason Schwartzman doing an old-timey radio voice). What could possibly go wrong?

Starring Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow (we’re sure we’ve heard that name somewhere before…) and Rachel Zegler as travelling musician Lucy, the trailer gives us a proper look at some of the film’s more villainous characters. Peter Dinklage looks just as wicked and slightly psychopathic as we’d expect from the creator of the fictional games, while Viola Davis seems to have lost one of her bright blue contact lenses. We’ve all been there.

Oh, and someone’s put a load of snakes in a glass vat. We’re honour-bound to say that looks like a horrible idea.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes arrives in cinemas on 17 November.

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