Viola Davis cast as Volumnia Gaul, Hunger Games prequel movie The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Reports coming in that Viola Davis cast as Volumnia Gaul, the main villain for the Hunger games prequel films “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes“.
The actress will be joining Tom Blyth as Coriolanus Snow, Rachel Zegler, who plays tribute Lucy Gray Baird from the impoverished District 12.
“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. 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 a snake.”
The film will be directed by Francis Lawrence; he previously directed by Hunger Games films. Also returning is franchise producer Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. Meanwhile Tim Palen and Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins will be executive producer.
“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,” said Lawrence. Jacobson adds, “From the beginning, Viola has been our dream for Dr. Gaul because of the finely layered intelligence and emotion she brings to every role. A brilliant and eccentric strategist, Gaul is instrumental in shaping a young Coriolanus Snow into the man he will become. We are incredibly fortunate to have an actor with Viola’s extraordinary range and presence to play this pivotal role.”
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