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Fans return to Panem with the newest installment to the ‘Hunger Games’ franchise

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes tells the powerful backstory of the man who becomes Panem’s vicious leader. (Fair Use Photo from Lionsgate Studio)

It’s been eight years since the last film in the Hunger Games franchise hit theaters around the world. Now, with the release of The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakesthe adaptation of the Hunger Games prequelfans are lined up and excited to re-enter the world of Panem.

The story follows Coriolanus Snow (played by Tom Blyth), who someday would be the ruthless dictator of Panem. However, 64 years before the events of the first Hunger Games book, he is simply a mentor, helping a young girl from District 12 through her Hunger Games. Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler) is a young musician, who wins her support and her sponsors by performing both in and out of the games.

This chilling tale displays the journey of how Coriolanus truly began to turn evil. 

The film’s director Francis Lawrence has been getting some judgment for the lengthy run time of the film, which is 2 hours and 37 minutes. However, in an interview with GamesRadar+, he revealed that he doesn’t care about the length of the movie as long as it has a clear beginning, middle and end.

“I did not want to split them into two,” Lawrence said in his interview with GamesRadar+. “We got too much heat splitting Mockingjay into two previously. So I was like, ‘I don’t care if this movie is long, we’re going to do one satisfying movie.’”

The film will hit theaters this Friday, Nov. 17. Although the rotten tomatoes review is hovering around 60%, fans remain more excited than ever to see their favorite dystopian world reappear on the big screen. 

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This is Senior Michaela Horan's second year on staff at the Lancer Spirit, and this year she is the position of copy chief. She's the author of the Rolling Hills series, the first of which was published in 2021. She enjoys writing music and doing theater and loves being on staff.

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