Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis has joined the cast of the Hunger Games prequel film Ballad of the Nightingale and the Snake, based on the novel by Suzanne Collins.
The prequel to Hunger Games will have among its protagonists also the Oscar winner Viola Davis than in the movie Ballad of the Nightingale and the Serpent will be in charge of the deadly games.
The Lionsgate project is inspired by the novel of the same name written by Suzanne Collins which tells the story of Coriolanus Snow as a young man.
Actress Viola Davis will have the role of Volumnia Gaul, the mastermind behind the diabolical death fight between teenagers, in The Hunger Games: Ballad of the Nightingale and the Serpent.
Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said: “The Hunger Games movies have always been elevated by exceptional casting and we are thrilled to continue that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul. Her formidable and powerful presence of her will add layers of complexity and threat to this story“.
Director Francis Lawrence added: “Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable. Snow’s cunning in the political field develops a lot thanks to her experiences with her in the role of the most imposing figure in the games“.
Producer Nina Jacobson then remarked: “From the beginning, Viola has been our dream actress for the role of Dr. Gual because of her finely nuanced intelligence and the emotions she brings to each role. A brilliant and eccentric strategist, Gaul plays an essential role in forming the young Coriolanus Snow into the man she will become her. We are incredibly fortunate to have an actor with Viola’s extraordinary reach and presence to play this key role“.
The synopsis of The Hunger Games – Ballad of the Nightingale and the Serpent reads: “Years before becoming the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for the good name of his declining house: a proud family that fell from grace in the post-war Capitol City. As the 10th edition of the Hunger Games approaches, young Snow fears for his reputation as he has been appointed mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, the tribute girl from the miserable District 12. ”
Among the performers already announced there are also Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage and Josh Andrés Rivera.
The screenplay is signed by Michael Lesslie, based on previous drafts of the screenplay signed by Collins and Michael Arndt.
Also on the production team are Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson.