Things are ramping up over at Lionsgate as the Hunger Games prequel continues to add to its ever-expanding cast of tributes and mentors. The project recently added Hunter Schafer, Rachel Zegler, Jason Schwartzman, Josh Andrés Rivera and Laurel Marsden and today announced six more names.
Deadline is reporting that six new actors have joined the prequel cast: Max Raphael as Festus Creed, Zoe Renee as Lysistrata Vickers, Ayomide Adegun as Pliny “Pup” Harrington, Kaitlyn Akinpelumi as Domita Whimsiwick, and Amélie Hoeferle as Vipsania Sickle, who will all be playing mentors to multiple tributes from different districts. Sofia Sanchez is the only one of the newly added members to the cast who will be playing a tribute, known as Wovey.
The film will be an adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel of the same name, serving as a prequel before the days of Katniss Evergreen. Instead the story will follow future President Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth, as he struggles to restore his once-proud family’s lineage and serves as a mentor to Lucy Gray Baird, played by Zegler, in the upcoming Hunger Games.
Francis Lawrence, best for directing the original Hunger Games films, and others such as Constantine and I Am Legend, will return to direct the prequel with a script from writer Michael Lesslie. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are serving as producers on the project alongside Lawrence. The film is currently slated to hit theaters on Nov. 17, 2023.