There’s no denying that The Hunger Games franchise is truly in a league of its own. The dystopian novel series that was turned into four motion pictures still remains one of the most top-selling franchises of all time. Although fans believed that The Hunger Games came to a close via The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2, it appears that showrunners have a prequel in the works. That’s right — the prequel film adaptation based on the novel, The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes, will be hitting theaters in the near future.
In terms of news regarding The Hunger Games prequel, it has been announced that actress Rachel Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird, the female lead role. Naturally, Hunger Games fans are ready to learn more about the actress, including her family life. Keep reading to find out all about Rachel's parents and upcoming role.
Who is Rachel Zegler from 'The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes?' Here's what to know about her parents, background, and more.
The outlet shares that Rachel's "maternal grandmother immigrated from Colombia to the U.S. in the 1960s." Additionally, Gina is of Colombian descent, and Craig has Polish ancestry. As a result, Rachel is considered to a white Latina with Polish and Colombian ties.
Rachel Zegler will play the female lead in the 'Hunger Games' prequel, 'The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes.'
The good news just keeps on going for the 21-year-old actress. After scoring the role of the Puerto Rican immigrant, Maria, in Stephen Spielberg's 2021, West Side Story, Rachel has officially joined the Panem family as Lucy Gray Baird, the female lead in the upcoming Hunger Games prequel.
As the fantastic news makes it rounds, Rachel took to Twitter on May 31, 2022 to share her excitement with fans with a tweet that reads: "Photos from when I found out it was happening and it was real."
The actress shared two photos of herself looking very excited as she's receiving the news on the phone.
Per Deadline, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group made the official announcement of Rachel joining the cast on May 31, 2022.
“When you read Suzanne’s book, Lucy Gray’s emotional intelligence, physical agility, and fiercely powerful, determined singing voice shine through. Rachel embodies all of those skills — she is the perfect choice for our Lucy Gray,” Nathan Kahane, President of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, said in a statement.
The synopsis for the film, via Deadline reads, "Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12."
The synopsis goes on to share that Lucy is able to stand out among the other tributes due to her amazing vocal abilities displayed during the reaping ceremony. However, the villainous Snow recognizes Lucy's defiance and hopes to turn the odds into the Capitol's favor. The movie will showcase both Snow and Lucy joining forces to race against time, while ultimately showing viewers who is the true epitome of the songbird and snake.
“Like everybody, I first saw Rachel Zegler in West Side Story, and like everybody, I knew I was watching a star who would command the screen for a generation,” film director Francis Lawrence said in a statement. “Lucy Gray is a perfect match for her as an actress: The character is bold, independent, and defiant, but also vulnerable, emotional, and loving. Rachel will make this character unforgettable.”
Deadline reveals that The Hunger Games: The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes will hit theaters nationwide in November 2023.
We'd like to extend a huge congratulations to Rachel for joining the Hunger Games family!