Movies: The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Jason Schwartzman (There There, The Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom) is the latest star to join The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the prequel based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. The Hollywood Reporter noted that he will play Lucretius "Lucky" Flickerman, "the host of the 10th Hunger Games and ancestor to Caesar Flickerman, who would become the voice of Panem and is played by Stanley Tucci in the original Hunger Games films."

The cast also includes Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andres Rivera and Rachel Zegler. Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four Hunger Games movies--Catching Fire, Mockingjay: Part One and Mockingjay: Part Two--is helming the project, with franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her partner Brad Simpson back as producers. Lawrence is also producing. Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller exec produce. Michael Lesslie wrote the latest draft of the screenplay.

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