One more incredible actress is joining the Hunger Games prequel lineup. Viola Davis, best known for her appearances in Everybody’s Ruby, How to Get Away with Murder, and Suicide Squad, will play a villain in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Read about the pivotal role Davis will play and also how different the upcoming movie is going to be from the rest of the popular YA franchise.
Exciting Change In Hunger Games Prequel
Lionsgate’s Hunger Games prequel is full of outstanding actors and actresses. Joined by Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis joined as the last addition to the cast. She’ll be playing Head Gamemaker Volumnia Gaul, one of the main villains in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Set to come out in 2023, the film is directed by Francis Lawrence and is based on Suzanne Collins’ novel. Overall, the franchise has grossed over $3 billion worldwide. Yet, the new movie is a bit different from the rest. “This is very much a story about love,” Lawrence commented. “It’s this kind of love story set in a different kind of a world in a different time. A very intimate love story.” While surprising to many fans, this part will dig deeper into the franchise lore.
Based on Coriolanus Snow’s late teenage years, it follows his life before the President of Panem title. In fact, the part showcases Snow’s downfall, as his family is no longer fancied by a post-war Capitol. Yet, when he’s assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from District 12, he feels confident in his powers once again. Snow and Lucy join their powers to survive in the upcoming Hunger Games, and find out who’s a songbird, and who is a snake in the end.
Viola Davis’ Showstopping Appearance
After her previous inspiring roles, it was only logical to include Davis in the new Hunger Games prequel. “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,” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group President, Nathan Kahane. “Her formidable and powerful presence will add layers of complexity and menace to this story.” Lawrence himself thinks that Davis will perfectly portray the witty Dr. Gaul. “Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable,” he said. “Snow’s savvy as a political operator develops in no small part due to his experiences with her as the games’ most commanding figure.”
This time, franchise producer Nina Jacobson is working with her partner Brad Simpson in collaboration with Lawrence to cultivate the best results for the upcoming release. “From the beginning, Viola has been our dream for Dr. Gaul because of the finely layered intelligence and emotion she brings to every role,” Jacobson agreed. “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.”
Previously, Davis won her first Oscar for Denzel Washington’s Fences. In 2021, she was also nominated for George C. Wolfe’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Davis is represented by CAA, Lasher Group, and Lichter, Grossman, and Nichols.