EXCLUSIVE: The latest round of casting tributes and mentors in Lionsgate’s prequel The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents includes Irene Boehm, Cooper Dillon, Luna Kuse, Kjell Brutscheidt, Dimitri Abold, Athena Strates, Dakota Shapiro, George Somner and Vaughan Reilly.
As we’ve already told you, the film is set in the early days of the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth), who is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen to grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th Hunger Games fast approaching, young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned mentorship to Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the tribute girl from impoverished District 12. But after Lucy Gray has garnered all of Panem’s attention, singing defiantly After the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in her favor. Combining their instinct for showmanship 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.
Boehm will play Lamina, a District 7 homage; Dillon will play Mizzen, a District 4 tribute; Kuse will play Brandy, a District 10 tribute; Brutscheidt will play Tanner, a District 10 homage; Abold will play Reaper, a District 11 homage; Strates will play Persephone Price, Mizzen’s mentor from District 4; Shapiro will play Billy Taupe, member of the Covey; Somner will play Spruce from District 12; and Reilly will play Maude Ivory, another member of Covey.
Böhm is a German actress, born and residing in Berlin. She is best known for her recurring role on the television show Babylon Berlin, directed by Tom Tykwer, Achim von Borries and Hendrik Handloegten. She is represented by Rietz Casting & Agency.
Dillon began his career with a starring role in the German version of the Broadway musical Mary Poppins. He just finished a production about ballet dancer Rudolph Nureyev as a boy. Dillon is represented by Rietz Casting & Agency.
Kuse played a recurring role in the German TV show, Einstein Castle. After 5 seasons she left the show and appeared in films such as Vampires and raspberries with mustard. In 2022, Kuse will join the cast of a new teen comedy show. She is represented by Rietz Casting & Agency.
Brutscheidt is a German actor who studied acting at the August Everding Theater Academy in Munich. He appeared in many stage productions in Munich and Berlin as well as at the Zurich Opera House and the Düsseldorf Playhouse. In the 2019/20 season, Brutscheidt was part of the first interdisciplinary studio at Theater Bielefeld. In 2020 he was in front of the camera in Spreewald crime – Tödliche Fastnacht and for the feature film The Young Chief Winnetou, as well as in the Instagram series I’m Sophie Scholl (2021) and the TV Movies Police call 110 and enemies of the state (2022). He is represented by Lucky Punch Management.
Abold graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. In Germany he has worked with some of the most renowned film directors, including Marcus H. Rosenmüller and Dominik Graf. He’s also starring in the upcoming German Amazon series love addicts.
He is best known internationally for his supporting role in the Netflix series warrior nun and will appear in an episode of the Amazon Original series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. He is represented by Baumbauer Actors.
Strates is a South African-born actress who is best known internationally Genius: Picasso in which she appears alongside Antonio Banderas as Maya Picasso, The good liar with Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen and most recently her starring role as Texel Textor in Kike Maíllo’s psychological thriller A perfect enemy alongside Tomasz Kot, based on the novel by Amélie Nothomb Cosmetique de l’ennemi. Strates will also star in the horror The Sowing by Daniel Young alongside Mickey Rourke later that year. In addition to her international work, Strates has also made several German television appearances, including Departure into the unknown by the renowned director Kai Wessel and Ze Network by Christian Alvart This is a German TV series produced by CBS Studios. Strates is represented by Baumbauer Actors and Independent Talent Agency.
Shapiro was born in Byron Bay, Australia. Shapiro was one of the top ten finalists for the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship. Shapiro’s list of credits includes a regular series in Matthew Carnahan’s limited series Valley of the Boom (Nat Geo), where he played real-life tech pioneer Stephan Paternot, and a series regular for the pilot The Lost Boys (The CW), where he played the role of David (originally played by Kiefer Sutherland in the feature film). He is represented by Clear Talent Group and Henriksen Talent Management.
Somner recently starred in the feature film kindling and recently guest-starred in BBC One’s adaptation of Adam Kay This will hurt. He is also seen reprising his regular role on the series in Netflix’s hit sex education. Somner was a leading regular on Channel 4 comedy Bad move and was featured in Alexandre Aja’s feature film Crawl, with Kaya Scodelario. His most recent stage success was the UK tour of the award-winning People, Places and Things. Additional screen credits include a guest role in Grantchester and the short film Eden. He is represented by A&J Artists and The Artists Partnership in the UK and Luber Roklin Entertainment in the US.
Reilly is a New York-born actor and singer who descends from four generations of circus performers. She made her big screen debut in Season 2 of opposite Natasha Lyonne Russian doll. Reilly works regularly on animation and recently voiced characters for two episodes of Teenage euthanasia, directed by Scott Adsit. She will be repeated by Stewart Talent.
The prequel to the $3 billion global franchise hits theaters around the world on November 17, 2023. hunger games Franchise sequel producer Francis Lawrence is returning to direct and will also produce with series producers Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson. hunger games Author Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller are EPs. The latest design is by Michael Lesslie from the work of Collins and Michael Arndt. Meredith Wieck and Scott O’Brien are supervising on behalf of the studio.