The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes: Jason Schwartzman Cast in Hunger Games Prequel
Lionsgates‘ Hunger Games prequel has added another cast member to the return to Panem. Jason Schwartzman is the latest to join the prequel film titled The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. He will portray the character Lucretius Flickerman who plays host to the 10th annual Hunger Games. He is the ancestor of Stanley Tucci‘s Caesar Flickerman from the original film trilogy.
The film’s synopsis reads:
“Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler), the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.
But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.”
Schwartzman joins the ensemble cast of Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andres Rivera, Nick Benson, Laurel Marsden, Lilly Cooper, Luna Steeples, Hiroki Berrecloth, Jerome Lance, Ashley Liao, Knox Gibson, Mackenzie Lansing, and Aamer Husain. The film will be helmed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay by Michael Lesslie. Collins, Jim Miller, and Tim Palen will executive produce the film with Brad Simpson, Nina Jacobson, and Lawrence producing.
Schwartzman is a frequent collaborator with director Wes Anderson. The pair have worked together on films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, The French Dispatch, and the upcoming Asteroid City. Schwartzman has also recently joined the highly anticipated animated film Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.