Recently, The Hollywood Reporter announced that actress Viola Davis has joined the cast of The Hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Her name was mentioned back in June by Geeks Vibes Nation via Twitter as a possible candidate for the role of Dr. Volumnia Gaul. In the original book, the doctor is the story’s central villain in Panem.
“The Hunger Games films have always been elevated by their exceptional casting, and we are thrilled to be continuing that tradition with Viola Davis as Volumnia Gaul. Her formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace to this story,” – Lionsgate president Nathan Kahane.
Production is underway with fellow cast members Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Josh Andrés Rivera, Peter Dinklage, and Hunter Schafer. Francis Lawrence returns to direct the film after directing the last four films.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes hits theaters in November 2023