The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes casts Billy the Kid star Tom Blyth as the young Coriolanus Snow

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Just weeks after announcing a November 2023 release date, the cast is starting to come together for The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Tom Blyth, the 27-year-old actor who plays the title character in Epix's new Billy the Kid series, has been cast as the young Coriolanus Snow, via People.

Donald Sutherland portrayed Snow in The Hunger Games movies, with this new Lionsgate film set roughly 64 years before the events of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy.

Young Snow: Tom Blyth, the 27-year-old actor who plays the title character in Epix's new Billy the Kid series, has been cast as the young Coriolanus Snow, via People 

Prequel: Just weeks after announcing a November 2023 release date, the cast is starting to come together for The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Original Snow: Donald Sutherland portrayed Snow in The Hunger Games movies, with this new Lionsgate film set roughly 64 years before the events of the first book in Suzanne Collins' trilogy

The film will be adapted from Collins' 2020 prequel novel of the same name, which follows an 18-year-old Snow, decades before he would become the ruler of Panem.

The story follows the young Snow, who becomes elated when he's selected to become a mentor to one of the tributes in the 10th Annual Hunger Games. 

Snow's family was initially wealthy, though they fell on hard times when the factory they owned was destroyed in District 13, and he sees this mentorship as a chance to change the family's fortunes. 

Young Snow: The film will be adapted from Collins' 2020 prequel novel of the same name, which follows an 18-year-old Snow, decades before he would become the ruler of Panem

While he's initially disappointed to be chosen to mentor the tribute from the impoverished District 12 - Lucy Gray Baird - the two form a unique connection.

Francis Lawrence - who directed the three final Hunger Games movies - returns to direct from an adapted screenplay by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Michael Lesslie (Macbeth).

Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Joseph Drake will produce the film, with Collins serving as an executive producer. 

Games: Francis Lawrence - who directed the three final Hunger Games movies - returns to direct from an adapted screenplay by Michael Arndt (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Michael Lesslie (Macbeth)

'Coriolanus Snow is many things ‚ÄĒ a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core,' director Lawrence said in a statement.

'Tom's take on the character showed us all the complex ambiguities of this young man as he transforms into the tyrant he would become,' he added.

Jacobson, who produced the original Hunger Games movies with Simpson and Drake, added, 'Tom's performance will both fulfill and disrupt everything you think you know about Coriolanus Snow.

Survivor: 'Coriolanus Snow is many things ‚ÄĒ a survivor, a loyal friend, a cutthroat, a kid quick to fall in love, and a young man ambitious to his core,' director Lawrence said in a statement

'He's a tremendous talent who will show why Snow always lands on top,' Jacobson added.

Erin Westerman, president of production for Lionsgate, added, 'Tom Blyth is an explosive rising talent whose mesmerizing and charismatic presence makes him an exciting actor and perfect for this leading role.'

Blyth started his acting career with a small role as a teenager in 2010's Robin Hood, and has appeared in movies such as 2018's Scott and Sid and 2021's Benediction, and he'll next be seen in Discussion Materials with Chris Diamantopoulos and Jay Mohr.

Actor: Blyth started his acting career with a small role as a teenager in 2010's Robin Hood, and has appeared in movies such as 2018's Scott and Sid and 2021's Benediction, and he'll next be seen in Discussion Materials with Chris Diamantopoulos and Jay Mohr

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