Viola Davis Lands Role As Lead Villian In ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel

Viola Davis is ready to play a warped villain in Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games” prequel, “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”

On Monday, the movie’s official Twitter account confirmed the Oscar winner will star as Dr. Volumnia Gaul, Head Gamemaker of the tenth annual Hunger Games.

In the upcoming movie — based mostly on Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel — Lucy Grey Baird, the feminine tribute from District 12, will face off in a televised, bloody battle royal in opposition to fellow youngsters.

Followers of the franchise will recall Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss Everdeen was District 12’s tribute within the 74th and seventy fifth video games.

The dystopian action-adventure additionally stars beforehand introduced solid members Rachel Zegler (“West Side Story”) as Lucy Grey Baird, Tom Blyth (“Billy the Kid”) as a younger Coriolanus Snow, Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”), Jason Schwartzman (“Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World”) and Hunter Schafer (“Euphoria”).

“Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable. Snow’s savvy as a political operator develops in no small part due to his experiences with her as the games’ most commanding figure,” director Francis Lawrence, who labored on the latter three of the 4 films within the franchise, informed The Hollywood Reporter.

An official synopsis for the movie reads, “Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow 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, 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.”

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” will premiere in theaters on Nov. 17, 2023.