The Hunger Games’ Haymitch Prequel is Coming: What We Know So Far

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The cinematic odds are once again in favour of Hunger Games fans, with author Suzanne Collins announcing that a new prequel film and novel are officially on the way! Titled The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping, the upcoming prequel will place the spotlight on one of the most beloved characters in the Hunger Games franchise, Haymitch Abernathy.

Originally portrayed by Woody Harrelson, Haymitch’s eccentric and rebellious nature quickly became a favourite among fans. Now, over a decade since his time as a mentor, audiences will finally uncover the story behind his rise to Hunger Games victor.

Ready to re-visit the reaping? Keep scrolling to learn everything we know about the upcoming Hunger Games prequel.

Woody Harrelson wearing a green suit as Haymitch Abernathy in The Hunger Games.
The prequel will be set 24 years before the original films. (Credit: Murray Close/Lionsgate)

What is The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping about?

Set 24 years before the story of Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping will follow the events of the Second Quarter Quell and the 50th Hunger Games from the perspective of District 12 tribute, Haymitch Abernathy.

While the specifics of the storyline have yet to be revealed, we can anticipate that both the book and film will explore Haymitch’s backstory and how he became the second-ever Hunger Games victor from the impoverished District 12.

When does The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping take place?

The newest Hunger Games film takes place 24 years before the story of the original four films, which featured Haymitch as Katniss and Peeta’s Hunger Games mentor.

In relation to the most recent prequel film, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Sunrise on the Reaping takes place 40 years after Coriolanus Snow’s involvement in the 10th Hunger Games, leading many fans to believe that a middle-aged President Snow may make an appearance in the newest film.

Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy grabbing Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen's shoulder in The Hunger Games.
Haymitch first appeared in The Hunger Games as Katniss Everdeen’s mentor. (Credit: Murray Close/Lionsgate)

Who will play Haymitch in The Hunger Games prequel film?

News surrounding who will portray a young Haymitch in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel has yet to be announced, however, that hasn’t stopped fans from speculating over who will be the front-runners to take on Woody Harrelson’s former role.

While plenty of names have been thrown around on social media since the film’s announcement, fans have continually placed The Idea of You’s Nicholas Galtizine, Outer Banks’ Drew Starkey, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians star Walker Scobell as their top choices to embody young Haymitch Abernathy.

Also buzzing around TikTok as potential candidates for the leading role are Dunkirk star Tom Glynn-Carney, The Iron Claw’s Harris Dickinson, and Maxton Hall’s Damian Hardung.

L-R: Nicholas Galitzine, Drew Starkey, Walker Scobell. (Credit: Getty)

When is The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping release date?

In good news for Hunger Games fans, we don’t have too much longer to wait until the story of young Haymitch Abernathy hits bookshelves, with author Suzanne Collins confirming the Sunrise on the Reaping novel will be released worldwide on March 15, 2025.

If you’d rather wait to experience the story on the big screen, the newest Hunger Games prequel film will debut in cinemas on November 20, 2026.

Where to watch The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping

While there still may be a while to wait until The Hunger Games: Sunrise on the Reaping hits our screens, you can catch up on all four original Hunger Games films and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes now on Prime Video.

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