‘The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes’ Featurette Shows Panem 64 Years Before ‘The Hunger Games’

A special feature of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has been dropped, bringing viewers back to Panem 64 years before the events of The Hunger Games.

The featurette showcases an extended clip of Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, the creator of the games, and centres on a young Coroiolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) who falls in love with a District 12 tribute named Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler).

The featurette also shows what Panem was like back then, with major differences in aesthetics from what fans have grown familiar with in the Hunger Games movies. It also features behind-the-scenes footage.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Lastly, fans also got to hear a haunting rendition of The Hanging Tree sung by Zegler.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes stars Blyth, Zegler, Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis. It is set to premiere on 17 November 2023.