Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Trailer: 5 Scenes Straight From the Book

Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes Trailer: 5 Scenes Straight From the Book
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Seems like the movie will stay true to its source material.

In less than two months, The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, will be released, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. As with the last three of The Hunger Games live-action installments, Francis Lawrence is directing, which means his signature dynamic style that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats will be there.

On September 20th, Lionsgate Movies released a new trailer. The action takes place 64 years before the events of the original trilogy and focuses on an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who is not yet a cold authoritarian tyrant. Let's take a look at the scenes from the trailer that are taken directly from the novel.

If you're not familiar with the book, we strongly recommend that you wait for the movie to be released first if you want to keep the intrigue alive!

5. Snow joins the Peacekeepers

In the second half of the trailer, we saw Snow join the main enforcers of the Capitol's orders, the Peacekeepers, who at the time did not wear high-tech armor, but rather resembled the military police of the 20th century. At the time, Coryo was forced to join by the pressure of losing social credit. However, it was a turning point in his development of personal authoritarian views.

4. Cannibalism scene

In one scene, we saw little Coriolanus and Tigris running during the devastating First Rebellion and came across a man sitting next to a corpse. It was their neighbor Nero Price, and yes, that moment in the trailer was to be followed by a gruesome scene of the corpse eating. It all goes to show how traumatic Snow's past has been.

3. Snow and Lucy's first meeting

Despite the tragic madness Lucy found herself in, her meeting with the Mentor, Coryo, was quite sweet, since Mentors don't usually visit their Tributes. Except it ended a little less romantically when Coriolanus found himself locked in a vehicle with the Tributes.

2. The raining scene

The final scene, where Lucy stands in the cabin against the rain outside, is apparently what we're all thinking. Yes, that seems to be the final scene where Lucy realizes that Coriolanus is willing to betray her for the Capitol.

1. The 10th Hunger Games

And of course, it would be impossible not to mention the Games themselves: everything from the design of the arena to the genetically modified snakes dropped on the tributes echo exactly the events described in the book.

The film will premiere on November 17, 2023.