Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth are introduced in the first 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' image

Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth are introduced in the first 'The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds a ...

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: A New First Look Image has been released exclusively to Vanity Fair, along with an interview with the filmmaker of the prequel film.

The upcoming film will follow President Snow, played by Donald Sutherland in the original film series, who is the ruler of the dystopian country of Panem. Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth, as a high school student will play a pivotal role in Snow's life.

Coriolanus Snow and Lucy sit on a yellow picnic blanket, and they kiss. As you look closer, you will notice some strange details, from Snow's dog tag to his close-cropped hair. Snow's character is, at this point, an orphan in the very wealthy Capitol where he becomes enrolled at the Academy. Lucy Gray Baird, who has no doubt embodied the songbird component of the'songbirds and snakes' movie.

"It's this kind of love story set in a different kind of a world in a different time," Francis Lawrence, the filmmaker of the film, told Vanity Fair. This is a significant departure from the original series, which always put survival above romance for the heroine Katniss Everdeen.

The new picture will be able to fully explore Panem's mythology since it is shot long before Katniss was born, with Snow and his friends still dealing with the aftermath of what is known as "the dark days," the conflicts that resulted in society's collapse and the ascension of Panem.

The entire cast of Zegler, Blyth, Davis, Hunter Schafer, Peter Dinklage, and Jason Schwartzman will star in the upcoming film on November 17, 2023.

Below are a synopsis and teaser for the film:

Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that fell from grace in a post-war Capitol. Snow is surprised when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the impoverished girl tribute from District 12. Their quest against time will reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.