The film adaptations of the "Hunger Games" trilogy were a worldwide success. Now the prequel to the trilogy is in the works. Part of the cast is someone who already has a lot of experience with fantasy series: "Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage.
Actor Peter Dinklage rose to fame as Tyrion Lannister on the acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones. Now he is apparently drawn from Westeros to Panem, because the 53-year-old was committed to the "Hunger Games" prequel "The Song of the Bird and Snake". This is reported, among other things, by the industry portal "Deadline".
"We are delighted to welcome Peter Dinklage to Panem," said Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group, in a statement. Dinklage is one of the "best living actors," it continues. He slips into the role of Casca Highbottom, the dean of the academy. "He will bring impressive, charismatic authority to the important role of dean of the academy," believes Kahane.
In addition to Dinklage, other cast members are already known. Rachel Zegler takes on the lead role of Lucy Gray. The young version of Coriolanus Snow is played by Tom Blyth. Also starring Hunter Schafer as his cousin Tigris Snow and Josh Andrés Rivera as Sejanus Plinth. Jason Schwartzman will play the character Lucretius "Lucky" Flickerman, host of The Hunger Games.
A Song of the Birds and the Snake is based on the 2020 book of the same name by Suzanne Collins, set decades before the exploits of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Francis Lawrence will once again be directing. He had already taken on all three sequels to the first part, which was released in 2012. The Hunger Games prequel is slated for a 2023 release.