Lionsgate’s Hunger Games Prequel, “The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes” announces Rachel Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird. Zegler is known as she was a part of Stephen Spielberg’s West Side Story remake cast as Maria. Her portrayal in the 2021 remake earned Zegler the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical. At only 20 years old, she is the youngest artist to earn that award. Rachel Zegler will also appear as the titular role in Disney’s forthcoming live action Snow White film.
Thrilled to Welcome Zegler
Per Deadline, Nathan Kahane, the president of Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, commented on Zegler’s casting announcement. Kahane said, “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.”
Furthermore, Hunger Games director Francis Lawrence is slated to direct The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes. Per Variety, Lawrence said, “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.”
Rachel Zegler: Girl on Fire For a New Generation
Michael Lesslie is working on the screenplay adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel. Moreover, Lionsgate has announced that the prequel to Collins’ hugely successful dystopian YA trilogy series will premiere in theaters on November 17, 2023.
If you’re craving more Zegler before then, fear not! Almost a year before her debut as Lucy Gray Baird, Zegler will appear in DC Comics’ Shazam! Fury of the Gods. The DC film will hit theaters in December.
Will Rachel Zegler give us a new Katniss Everdeen?
Jennifer Lawrence’s career skyrocketed after her portrayal of the famous, badass female character from Suzanne Collins’ original trilogy. Honestly, Rachel Zegler stays in the spotlight. And really, her career is already at super-star level. Lucy Gray, however, might be the role that takes her to the next level.