The Hunger Games director teases how Rachel Zegler differs from Jennifer Lawrence’s ‘asexual’ character

During an exclusive chat with Empire Magazine for the new edition of the outlet, the The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents Director Francis Lawrence teased fans of The hunger Games Franchise about how the upcoming film’s main character, Lucy Gray Baird, will differ from Katniss Everdeen. Lawrence, who directed three of the first four films in the franchise, probably knows better than most.

the upcoming adventure drama, The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents is a prequel based on the 2020 novel by Suzanne Collins. The film stars Rachel Zegler, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Viola Davis, Burn Gorman, Tom Blyth and Josh Andrés Rivera. The film takes place more than 60 years before the events of Jennifer Lawrence’s character Katniss.

Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is about a young President Coriolanus Snow (previously played by Donald Sutherland and now Blyth) who mentores District 12’s female tribute, Lucy (played by Zegler). Despite the franchise’s tremendous popularity, Francis Lawrence still wonders, “Are people going to watch a new one?” hunger games Movie without Katniss?”

Of course also without Katniss, Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will give fans of the franchise plenty to look forward to with Zegler’s Lucy being selected to take part in the 10th Annual Hunger Games.

So what can fans expect from the character in the upcoming prequel? Well, according to Lawrence, Lucy is what he calls the “anti-Katniss.”

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Lucy Gray is the Opposite directed by Katniss Everdeen

The main cast of The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents.

He explained, “Katniss was an introvert and a survivor. She was pretty calm and stoic, you could almost say.” [she was] asexual. Lucy Gray is the opposite. She wears her sexuality on her sleeve [and] She really is a performer.

The filmmaker further elaborated on the contrast between the two characters. While fans will recall that Katniss wasn’t a fan of being swept up in the spotlight, the director explained that Lucy was the complete opposite. Lawrence said:

She loves crowds. She knows how to crowd play and manipulate people.

The diametrically opposed characters aren’t the only ways in which the hunger games The prequel will be different from the original franchise. Previously while I was talking to deadlineOffered by producer Nina Jacobsen hunger games A hint to fans of what to expect in the upcoming prequel.

Jacobsen noted that the upcoming prequel to the franchise “doesn’t feel like it’s trying to duplicate the earlier films. It’s a new story with new themes and new characters. We were able to create a completely different visual language… one that stands still, recognizable as Panem, but also different and fresh.”

Lawrence explained, “This is the kind of playground that doesn’t come around very often. So if you have the chance to come back, it’s enormously gratifying.”

The director also noted that the film’s title “reflects a duality of spirit: light and dark, good and evil, joy and sorrow – it’s in all of us… We’re all songbirds and we’re all snakes, but can we find them?” ? Connection to the people around us? That is the question.”

The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents hits theaters on November 17th.

Lindsay Lowe

Lindsay Lowe is a Worldtimetodays U.S. News Reporter based in Canada. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Lindsay Lowe joined Worldtimetodays in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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