October 27, 2023
The highly anticipated prequel to "The Hunger Games", titled "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", has received an interim agreement from the actors guild. This means that stars Rachel Zegler, Viola Davis, and Peter Dinklage are now clear to promote the film before its premiere in theaters on November 17.
The interim agreement is part of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, with over 100 films, including "Priscilla", "The Iron Claw", and "Ferrari", having obtained similar agreements. To qualify for an interim agreement, producers must operate independently from companies belonging to the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and agree to the terms proposed by the guild in its negotiations. Since Lionsgate, the production company behind "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", is not part of the AMPTP, its films are eligible for the interim agreement.
With the interim agreement in place, the cast is expected to attend the film's premieres in Berlin and London, as well as a fan event in Los Angeles. In addition to traditional press opportunities, the cast can also promote the movie on social media, where Rachel Zegler has a significant following of over 1.2 million followers.
Based on Suzanne Collins' novel, the upcoming film is set decades before the events of "The Hunger Games" and follows the story of 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow, who later becomes the tyrannical leader of the dystopian society known as Panem. In "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes", Snow is chosen to be a mentor during the 10th Hunger Games, a televised event where teenagers are selected to fight to the death.
In conclusion, with the interim agreement in place, the cast of "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" can now actively promote the film before its release. Fans can look forward to seeing the stars at premieres and events, as well as following their updates on social media. The prequel promises to provide an exciting backstory to the beloved "Hunger Games" series, delving into the origins of the infamous character Coriolanus Snow.