Ballad of Tributes to Songbirds and Snakes, Cast of Mentors – Deadline


EXCLUSIVE: The Lionsgate prequel directed by Francis Lawrence The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes continues to expand its ensemble cast with a third round of actors playing mentors and tributes from Suzanne Collins’ YA novel.

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Max Raphael will play Festus Creed, mentor to a District 4 tribute. Zoe Renee will play Lysistrata Vickers, mentor to a District 12 tribute. Ayomide Adegun will play Pliny “Pup” Harrington, mentor to a District 7 tribute. Kaitlyn Akinpelumi will play Domita Whimsiwick, a District 10 tribute mentor. Sophie Sanchez will play District 8 tribute Wovey; while Amelie Hoeferle will play Vipsania Sickle, mentor to a District 7 tribute.

They join previously announced cast members Tom Blyth, Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera, as well as two previous sets of tributes and mentors.

Logline for the prequel to the $3 billion franchise, which hits theaters November 17, 2023: 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Blyth), who we know will eventually become the tyrannical President of Panem, is the last hope for his declining bloodline, a once proud family that has fallen out of favor in a post-war Capitol. As the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches, Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler), the girls’ tribute to impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray gets Panem’s full attention by singing defiantly during the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their showmanship instincts and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and who is a snake.

hunger games The filmmaker is directing the screenplay by Michael Lesslie based on the previous work of Collins and Michael Arndt. Franchise producer Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson talk about the project, in addition, Lawrence is producing. Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller are EPs. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien oversee Lionsgate.

Raphael is a British writer, filmmaker and actor, who starred in Slaughterhouse Rulez, A Plague Tale: Innocenceand the recently published School is out forever. His latest project, The tapestry of a people, is a collection of monologues about living in lockdown in collaboration with Drink The Ink and Nick Hern Books was completed last year. He is represented in the UK by A&J Artists and in the US by A3 Artists.

Renee recently starred alongside Regina Hall in the Amazon Studios thriller Master, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. She can be seen next in Disney+’s new high school basketball story Chang Can Dunk, set to drop in 2023. Renee is best known for her breakout role in the critically acclaimed festival feature film jinn where she played Summer. She followed Jinn with the independent film Gully opposite Kelvin Harrison Jr., Amber Heard and Terrance Howard. She is represented by PANTHEON, Elevate Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

Adegun, born and raised in South London, is a Nigerian-British actor trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama. During his senior year at drama school, he booked a series regular role alongside Mel Gibson in The Continentalproduced for Starz by Lionsgate Television, playing the younger version of Lance Reddick’s iconic character Charon from the John Wick franchise. He is replaced by Hamilton Hodell and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher.

Akinpelumi, from Manchester, UK, is known for The School of Good and Evil, which is slated to hit Netflix this fall. Akinpelumi launched her acting career in film, landing her very first role in How to talk to girls at partiesfrom director John Cameron Mitchell, which had its world premiere at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. The Nigerian-British actor played Scouser Rachel Gibson in the third season of Rowan Joffe’s revenge thriller tin star. She also joined the cast of Olivier and the BAFTA-nominated CBBC period drama Hetty Plume, based on the novel by Jaqueline Wilson. She is represented by LINK Entertainment and Mark Jermin Management.

Sanchez is an American actress, model and lawyer of Ukrainian descent and known for her viral video Down syndrome is not scary. She made her acting debut in the television series Switched at birth in 2015, and her first film role in For Paloma This year. Additionally, her adoption story inspired two of her published Scholastic books, you are enough and You are loved. She is represented by KMR & Associates.

Hoeferle is a German-American actress who spent her youth between the two countries. Her interest in comedy peaked when she played Sam in The boogeywoman, directed by Erica Scoggins. The short film was then premiered at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. She has been involved in a number of independent short films, including Body, directed by Jacob Anderson. She will soon be seen in the next project Tapestry, an anthology of international women sharing stories of themselves, their experience of immigration, or of a woman who inspired the world around them. It is run by Affirmative Entertainment.


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