Lionsgate has found their young Coriolanus Snow with Tom Blyth joining The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes prequel film.
In 2020, a fourth Hunger Games book was released by author Suzanne Collins titled The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. With the Hunger Games franchise bringing in so much success for Lionsgate, a film adaptation was announced shortly after. The prequel story follows a young Coriolanus Snow, and the studio revealed on Monday that Tom Blyth would take on the role.
Tom Blyth is best known for starring in EPIX’s Billy the Kid and HBO’s The Gilded Age. Donald Sutherland notably played an older version of Snow in the first four Hunger Games films. Francis Lawrence will return to direct the prequel and said the following about casting Blyth:
“Coriolanus Snow is many things — a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core. Tom’s take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become.”
Nina Jacobson will also return to produce The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and shared her thoughts on Tom Blyth taking on the role of a young Snow:
“Tom’s performance will both fulfill and disrupt everything you think you know about Coriolanus Snow. He’s a tremendous talent who will show why Snow always lands on top.”
Here is the premise for Tom Blyth’s The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes:
“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.“
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters on November 17, 2023. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for more updates on the upcoming prequel starring Tom Blyth!