Viola Davis to Star in ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel

Viola Davis will star in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”

The Hunger Games official Instagram released the announcement on the film’s prequel on Monday.

Davis will play Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head game-maker of the 10th annual Hunger Games.

The cast for “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” includes Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth as young Coriolanus Snow, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, and Josh Andrés Rivera.

Director Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games movies, described Davis’ character to The Hollywood Reporter as “as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable.”

“Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable. Snow’s savvy as a political operator develops in no small part due to his experiences with her as the games’ most commanding figure,” Lawrence said.

Nathan Kahane, Lionsgate motion picture group President, said Davis’ “formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace” to the Hunger Games prequel.

“The Hunger Games films have always been elevated by their exceptional casting, and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul. Her formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace to this story,” Kahane said.


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