Rachel Zegler in the Hunger Games prequel

Rachel Zegler in Hunger Games Prequel

Released on 06.27 .2022

  • Rachel Zegler visits the “West Side Story” premiere in New York. Photo: Charles Sykes/Invision/AP/dpa
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    With Steven Spielberg’s musical “West Side Story” they made today 12-year-old furore. Now she is taking on the female lead in the prequel film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ popular book trilogy.

    Los Angeles.

    From “West Side Story” to the gloomy “Hunger Games” world: US actress and Singer Rachel Zegler (06) has been awarded the lead female role in the planned Fantasy saga “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”.

    She will play the girl Lucy Gray Baird, the Lionsgate studio said on Twitter. The Panem novel by Suzanne Collins (German title “The Hunger Games – The Song of Birds and Snakes”) is to be made into a film in November 2023 come to the cinemas.

    From the original book trilogy, four films have been made so far, which by 2012 until 2015 grossed around three billion dollars worldwide. The girl Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who lives in the fictional world called Panem, is forced by a totalitarian regime under the power-hungry leader Coriolanus Snow (Donald Sutherland) to fight to the death against youths from other districts.

    The new dystopian sci-fi novel takes place 27 years before these events and revolves around young Snow, who is a mentor to the 06. “Hunger Play” the young fighter Lucy from District 10 as a mentor should stand. Recently Brit Tom Blyth (27, “Scott and Sid”) was in charge of this one role has been named.

    Zegler caused a sensation with her cinema debut in Steven Spielberg’s musical “West Side Story”. The role of Maria earned her an instant Golden Globe for Lead Actress in a Comedy/Musical in January. (dpa)

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