Lionsgate has released a first exciting trailer for “The Hunger Games 5″ that takes fans right back into the hopeless dystopia.
It’s hard to believe that it will soon be eight years since Jennifer Lawrence as heroine and freedom fighter Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games – Mockingjay Part 2” finally liberated the state of Panem with its twelve districts and the Capitol from the ruthless dictatorship and the inhumane Hunger Games. Their story ended after four films that grossed a staggering 2.97 billion US dollars worldwide.
But this universe is too exciting, too multifaceted and still too shrouded in mystery to close it forever with Katniss’ happy ending. That’s probably what author Suzanne Collins thought when she published the prequel novel “The Hunger Games X – The Song of the Bird and the Serpent” in 2020. This prequel takes place a full 64 years before the events of “The Hunger Games” and revolves around only the 10th Hunger Games. As a reminder, Katniss participated in the 74th Hunger Games in the first film.
This young-adult novel forms the template for what is now the fifth film adaptation, “The Hunger Games – Song of the Bird and the Serpent,” by director Francis Lawrence, who has directed every other film within the series after Gary Ross’ first. And what to expect in theaters this time is revealed in the just-released full trailer.
Wow, this looks like absolutely stunning visuals, plenty of action and just as many emotions for the inclined audience to get ready for. The first trailer compensates in every way for the previously released teaser, which didn’t show much. The size and setting of the 10th game is very different from what was to follow later. The regime is still developing and refining the questionable entertainment format.
What’s “The Hunger Games – Song of the Bird and the Serpent” is all about
Since “The Hunger Games 5” takes place during the 10th Hunger Games, the plot this time revolves around a very different young woman, but also from District 12, just like Katniss Everdeen later on: Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler). Assigned to her as a mentor is the up-and-coming Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), who is initially extremely unhappy with the assignment. Snow is primarily interested in the prize money that the winners and their mentors are entitled to to finance his studies. But their shared journey through this life-changing experience brings Lucy and Coriolanus closer together – until fate strikes.
Joining Rachel Zegler as Lucy Gray Baird and Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow are Viola Davis as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, Peter Dinklage as Casca Highbottom, Burn Gorman as Commander Hoff, Jason Schwartzman as Lucretius Flickerman as well as Hunter Schafer as Tigris Snow, Kjell Brutscheidt as Tanner, Ashley Liao as Clemensia Dovecote, Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth, Amélie Hoeferle as Visania Sickle, Flora Li Thiemann as Livia Carden as well as Aamer Husain as Felix Ravinstill and Isobel Jesper Jones as Mayfair Lipp.
In cinemas, “The Hunger Games – The Song of the Bird and the Serpent” will be released on November 15, 16, and 24 in some countries and 17 in the USA 2023, so fans will have to wait a little while longer, but the anticipation for the next Hunger Games will certainly increase.