The beloved “Hunger Games” series is expanding with the highly anticipated prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” which delves into the early years of the Hunger Games and President Snow’s backstory. Written by Suzanne Collins, the book was released in 2019 and has now been adapted into a film.

Rachel Zegler, who recently starred in Steven Spielberg’s “West Side Story,” takes on the role of the tribute from District 12, while newcomer Tom Blyth plays her mentor. Directed by Francis Lawrence and produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, the film follows the characters as they navigate the 10th Hunger Games and the political intrigue surrounding the event.

Fans of the series have been eagerly anticipating the prequel, and Zegler expressed her excitement to be a part of the project on social media. Blyth also shared his gratitude for the opportunity to work on such a high-profile project.

With Lawrence at the helm, who also directed the last three films in the original “Hunger Games” series, and the return of Jacobson and Simpson as producers, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” promises to be a thrilling addition to the franchise.

Get ready to return to the world of Panem and uncover the secrets of President Snow in “The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”