• Rachel Zegler stunned at European premiere of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes in a dress reminiscent of a tribute
• Zegler was joined by Tom Blyth, Hunter Schafer, and Josh Andrés Rivera at the premiere
• The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes place 64 years before the Hunger Games, highlighting Lucy Gray Baird and Coriolanus Snow’s story
Here is what happened:
Rachel Zegler stunned on the red carpet at the European premiere for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, the upcoming prequel film to the Hunger Games saga. As the actress plays District 12 tribute Lucy Gray Baird in Ballad, she donned a black, mermaid-style gown, reminiscent of a dress worn by Katniss Everdeen in Catching Fire. The fiery red color of the flared bottom paid homage to Katniss’ dress, which caught fire, symbolizing rebellion in the film. Rachel was joined by her costars, including her costar turned real-life boyfriend Josh Andrés Rivera, who painted a similar image to Rachel in a navy suit.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes takes the viewer back to 64 years before Katniss first set foot into the arena. The film features a much younger, future President Snow as its protagonist, as Coriolanus Snow and Lucy Gray’s worlds collide when he is made her mentor in the 10th annual Hunger Games.
In addition to Zegler, the film will feature other familiar characters, including a young Tigris portrayed by Hunter Schafer, Capitol weathercaster Lucretius “Lucky” Flickerman played by Jason Schwartzman, and Dean of the Academy Casca Highbottom played by Peter Dinklage. The film will explore the first ever mentorship program for the Hunger Games, run by Highbottom, as well as the impact of a past connection to the Games. Dr. Volumnia Gaul, who is portrayed by Viola Davis, also takes on a key role as the Head Gamemaker for the 10th Hunger Games, known for her muttations.