Viola Davis is the latest star to join the cast of the Hunger Games prequel

Viola Davies is the latest Hollywood star to join the cast of the Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes.

The award-winning actress will play villain Gamemaker Team Leader Volumnia Gaul, in the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ best-selling novel.

She joins Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth, who played young Lucy Gray Baird and Coriolanus Snow.

Game Of Throne star Peter Dinklage was also announced to join the project, playing Casca Highbottom, the principal of the Academy.


Davis joins Rachel Zegler, who plays Lucy Gray Baird in the Hunger Games prequel (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

The story is set years before the events of the existing films, when Snow, who became Panem’s tyrannical president, was still a teenager.

As the 10th annual Hunger Games gets underway, he is assigned to his mentor Baird, an impoverished girl from District 12 – the area where Katniss Everdeen grew up years later.

But after Baird commands all of Panem’s attention by singing defiantly during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he can turn the tide in his favor.

The Lionsgate-produced film will open in cinemas worldwide on November 17, 2023.

The addition of Davis to the cast was announced by Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate Film Corporation.

“The Hunger Games movies have always been elevated by an exceptional cast, and we are excited to continue that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul,” said Kahane.

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“Her formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace to this story.”

Director Francis Lawrence added: “Dr Gaul is as ruthless as she is creative and terrifying as she is formidable. Snow’s understanding as a political operator grows in no small part due to his experience with her as the game’s most commanding character. “ Viola Davis is the latest star to join the cast of the Hunger Games prequel

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