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Everything You Need to Know About The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Get ready to uncover the world of Panem before Katniss Everdeen.
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Over eight years after the dramatic finale of Mockingjay – Part 2, The Hunger Games has returned to the big screen with a new prequel film – The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. 

Originally released by author Suzanne Collins in 2020, the book-to-film adaptation delved deeper into the world of Panem and its 13 districts, following the origin story of the saga’s antagonist President Coriolanus Snow. 

WATCH: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes Official Trailer. Article continues after video. 

Following the film’s release in November 2023, the internet quickly became obsessed with the unlikely love story of Lucy Gray and Coriolanus and if you’ve seen any of the countless TikTok fan edits, you’ll definitely understand why. 

Now, as the film prepares to land on streaming,  scroll down for everything you need to know about The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 

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Follow the story of Panem’s most unlikely friendship. (Credit: Lionsgate)

What is The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is a prequel to the original Hunger Games trilogy. 

The book, which was released in May 2020, is set 64 years prior to the events of The Hunger GamesThe narrative follows the story of 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, known best as The Hunger Games’ antagonist President Snow, who assumes the role of mentor during the 10th Hunger Games tournament. 

After signing on as a mentor, Snow works closely with his mentee, District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird, to attempt to turn the odds of the game in his favour. As the games draw closer, Snow begins to fall in love with Lucy, causing a great moral dilemma between his heart and his political future. 

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Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler star as Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird. (Credit: Getty)

Who is in the cast of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes? 

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will star Tom Blyth and West Side Story’s Rachel Zegler as Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray Baird. 

The film will also star Games of Thrones star Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Euphoria’s Hunter Schaffer as Tigris Snow, and The French Dispatch’s Jason Schwartzman as Lucky Flickerman. 

What’s the order of The Hunger Games?

The film adaptation of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is set over 60 years before the narrative of the first The Hunger Games film. 

For fans ready for a Hunger Games movie marathon in preparation for the prequel, the first film of the saga, The Hunger Games, is the best place to start.

After The Hunger Games, the next film in the series is Catching Fire, followed by Mockingjay – Part 1 and Mockingjay – Part 2.

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The prequel follows Lucy in the 10th Hunger Games. (Credit: Lionsgate)

Where to watch The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in Australia

For those ready to be fully immersed in the chaos of the Capitol, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will reportedly be available to stream in Australia on Prime Video in June 2024. 

If you can’t wait to watch the film, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is available to rent now on Prime Video and Apple TV+ for $6.99. 

Want to catch up on the full saga of Katniss Everdeen? The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay – Part 1, and Mockingjay – Part 2 are also all available to stream online through Prime Video. 

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