Peter Dinklage is making his way from Westeros to Panem as the Game of Thrones star has been cast in The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
Dinklage will play Casca Highbottom, the dean of the Academy and is credited to be the creator of the Hunger Games. He will star opposite Tom Blyth as young Coriolanus Snow, Rachel Zegler as tribute Lucy Gray Baird and Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow.
Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games movies — Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part One and Mockingjay: Part Two — will return to helm the project, with franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her partner Brad Simpson back as producers.
“Dean Highbottom is one of the most powerful people in Snow’s life,” Lawrence said. “As the austere and vindictive face of the games, he sets the rules that will determine every aspect of Coriolanus’s fate. I’m thrilled that Peter will be bringing him to life.”
The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is the prequel to Lionsgate’s four-film franchise, which wrapped up in 2014 with a global earning of US$3 billion at the box office. It follows the story of a young Coriolanus Snow, many years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem. The complete logline reads:
“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 a snake.”
The latest adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel is set to debut in theatres worldwide on 17 November 2023.