The trailer for the “Hunger Games” prequel film “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” has arrived. Moreover, fans are already dissecting it. It is set to be released since the franchise’s previous four films were released in 2015.
On Wednesday night, the press and a select group of superfans were invited to a special event at “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition”. Nina Jacobson, who produced all four original films, and Francis Lawrence. Dissecting its most exciting moments and previewing what’s to come.
“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” features an all-star cast. However, Tom Blyth as 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow and Rachel Zegler as District 12-tribute Lucy Grey Baird. Lucy, played by Zegler, curtsies sarcastically in the first scene. This a gesture that fans of the first film will recognise because Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss performed it as well.
“It’s such a uniquely Lucy moment,” Jacobson thinks of the incident. “She’s a completely different person than Katniss. She has a fantastic stage presence. Katniss Everdeen is the complete polar opposite.
This is a woman who has made a living as a performer. It was a great microcosm of how much new ground it covers while remaining rooted. However, in that we’ve seen, but in this backwards-looking way. And because of the connection there. The history that she represents, and Katniss Everdeen growing up knowing about Lucy Grey and this moment.
Perhaps she didn’t come up with the idea on her own. But I thought it would be interesting to learn more about it. “Perhaps she’d heard about this other girl doing the same thing a long time ago,” Lawrence speculates. We’re also looking for similarities with other popular films and media.
Katniss and Lucy have a few things in common, but that’s about it. Lucy’s love of music and desire to perform is exemplified by her passion for singing after being reaped for the Hunger Games. “One of the least Katniss-like things ever is to get up there and sing a song,” Jacobson says. As one commentator put it, “I volunteer as a tribute” and “I’m gonna get up there, grab the mic, and sing a song” are two very different things.
Fans will be in for a treat when they hear Lucy’s music, which isn’t featured in the first trailer, according to Jacobson and Lawrence.
“The incredible Dave Cobb composed all of the music.” His music is contagious. They are unavoidable. “They’re stunning,” Jacobson says. Rachel frequently chose to perform without a backing track.
Jacobson is most excited about the film’s climactic scene. Furthermore, he performed live on set: “The big finale moment…un-fucking-believable.” Her voice is absolutely beautiful.
In the new trailer, Jason Schwartzman appears as Caesar Flickerman’s ancestor, TV host Lucky Flickerman. The parallels are striking, but Schwartzman, according to Jacobson, brings something new to the role. “He’s not trying to imitate [Stanley] Tucci at all, but there are a few moments where he has his laugh or flair,” the director explained.
Schwartzman, fortunately, accepted the challenge. “I spent a lot of time talking to him about who this guy is, who he becomes, and what he wants,” Lawrence says. I’d say he’d written 50 pages of new material for all of his scenes by the end of the day, including ideas and dialogue.”He was having a great time.”
As Jacobson points out, he worked closely with the script’s author, Mike Leslie, on his improvised lines. Katniss must master new layers of political strategy introduced by Lucky’s involvement in staging the tributes 64 years later.
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