In just under two months, Panem will reopen its doors to the entire world. The world of The Hunger Games It will allow us to learn more about its past, specifically, the 10th edition of the peculiar competition. However, also We will have the opportunity to meet a young Coriolanus Snow before he became the president of Panem. And, above all, in the great villain of the saga starring Jennifer Lawrence. Given the various challenges faced by Francis Lawrence, director of the film, it is he himself who clarifies what was the greatest challenge to carry out. Ballad of songbirds and snakes to the big screen.
Thanks to a new special within Entertainment Weekly, Lawrence and Nina Jacobson, producer of the franchise, have revealed more details about the long-awaited prequel. The film not only has the mission of being faithful to the source material and respecting the fans, but also of capturing the attention of the casual audience. The one who doesn’t know the book and just wants to see a good movie in the cinema.
Considering this is a villain’s origin story, there is a fear that not many will be drawn to it. In that sense, the film is committed to showing that twist, that as and because. The one chosen to play Snow in his younger version was Tom Blyth, an English actor who received his first big opportunity in Hollywood with this film. Filling the shoes of Donald Sutherland (who played the character as an adult) was no easy task, but they also didn’t want the new interpretation to feel like a copy.
“Tom is extraordinary as the turn comes. When he starts acting out, when you start to see the man he becomes, and the shell of the man that he could have been him breaks, it’s incredibly rewarding,” Jacobson mentions. “I didn’t want him to study Donald Sutherland’s previous performances. I didn’t want him to just be a mimic. I wanted him to play the character the way he would,” Lawrence added.
Another important challenge was how Snow’s story was going to be handled alongside the film’s other antagonists, Viola Davis (Dr. Volumnia Gaul) and Peter Dinklage (Casca Highbottom). Although they are characters full of power, the filmmakers did not want to show them as just any “villains.” And the same thing happened with Snow. Although we know all the atrocities he does and who he becomes, the challenge was to make him someone important to the audience.
“Telling a story, and creating empathy, around a young man who will become the villain of the movies and books was an interesting challenge. How do we make this person, who will be the antagonist of another story, the protagonist of our story? How do we get audiences to follow him, his suffering, and watch him change and become corrupted to be the Snow of the later saga (in chronological order)? Empire.
Mentioning stories like Macbeth and Breaking Bad, the filmmaker is confident that there is audience interest in learning about Snow’s rise to power. Yes ok, Ballad of songbirds and snakes will show us a story in which we can feel empathy for him, the director and producer hope that the transition towards the villain we know will be credible for the public.
“It will turn bad. You know exactly what’s going to happen. There is no mystery. But the truth is that you still want it to become good. There’s something about that tension. And in the way that you can be at war inside yourself while reading the book and watching the movie,” Jacobson notes. “We were always modulating when we felt like we could get people to support it. Suzanne (Collins, the author of the books) used to ask us, ‘How far into the book were you on his side?’ So we had to figure out how to navigate that in a way that kept people rooting for him for as long as possible, but still understanding and accepting the turn towards darkness,” Lawrence added.
The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will arrive in theaters in Mexico and Latin America next Nov. 16. Will he be able to make Coriolanus Snow a character that the public empathizes with?
Juan Jose Cruz I am one of those who always defended Robert Pattinson as Batman and can see the same movie in the cinema up to 7 times. My guilty taste? Low-budget horror films.