Rachel Zegler, The Breakout Star of “West Side Story,” has Joined the Cast of the “Hunger Games” Prequel Film

Marie Test

Rachel Zegler, who gained fame in Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story,” has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games” prequel “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” as Lucy Gray Baird.

Zegler teased her appearance with a tweet that used the first letters of each word to spell out the character’s name.

“listen up….. can y’all grow restfully? are you becoming an individual resting decisively?”, she said on her tweet.

Zegler later confirmed the casting when she quote-tweeted an image.

“The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” is set years before Katniss Everdeen became known as the Mockingjay, when an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow serves as an unlikely mentor to Baird from District 12 for the deadly annual games.

Suzanne Collins, author of “The Hunger Games” series, wrote the book, which will be released in 2020.

Snow, who was previously played by veteran actor Donald Sutherland in “The Hunger Games” franchise, was previously cast as Tom Blyth from HBO’s “The Gilded Age.”Francis Lawrence, who directed the previous three “Hunger Games” films, will return to direct the prequel, which is set to be released in November 2023.

In December, Zegler will appear in “Shazam! Fury of the Gods” and as the titular character in Disney’s live-action remake of “Snow White.”

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