special: For the upcoming prequel of The hunger games, The highly anticipated project is likely to add the Emmy-winning star to its cast. Peter Dinklage is set to join Lionsgate’s growing conglomerate, sources tell Deadline Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Dinklage will play Academy Dean Casca Highbottom. Dinklage will star in the film opposite Tom Blythe, who will play the young Coriolanus Snow, and Rachel Zeigler, who will play a tribute to Lucy Gray Baird. Francis Lawrence, who previously directed the franchise The fire is burning, Mockingjay Part OneAnd Mockingjay Part Two, Suzanne Collins will direct the adaptation of the novel.

“Dean Highbottom is one of the most powerful people in Snow’s life. As the stern and vengeful face of the Games, he sets the rules that will determine every aspect of Coriolanus’ fate. I’m thrilled that Peter will bring it to life,” Lawrence said.

The studio recently announced that moviegoers will be returning Hunger GamesA historic film franchise that has grossed over $3 billion globally Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes Debuts in theaters worldwide on November 17, 2023. Years before he becomes the tyrannical president of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope of his fading clan, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in one position. -War capital. As the 10th annual Hunger Games approaches, young Snow is horrified when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, a girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But when Lucy Gray catches everyone’s attention by irresponsibly singing at the harvest ceremony, Snow thinks he can turn the odds in their favor. Combining their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will finally reveal who is the songbird and who is the snake.

“With production underway, we couldn’t be more excited about the way this cast has come together and we’re thrilled to welcome Peter Dinklage to Panam. “Peter is not only a fan-favorite actor who brings a commanding presence to every episode he plays,” said Nathan Kahane, president of Lionsgate’s Motion Picture Group. “He is one of the living actors. He will bring a formidable, charismatic authority to the important role of Dean of the Academy. “

Along with Lawrence, franchise creator Nina Jacobson and her producing partner Brad Simpson will produce the picture. Suzanne Collins, Tim Palen and Jim Miller will serve as executive producers.

“I can’t think of an actor to play Highbottom,” Jacobson said. “As the man credited with conceiving The Hunger Games and Dean of the Academy, Casca Highbottom is a character of mystery. Peter’s magnetism, intensity and dark humor will imbue him with the intelligence, depth and pathos required for this role.

The latest draft of the screenplay is by Michael Leslie. Leslie is based on the work of writers Suzanne Collins and Michael Ardt, who wrote the previous draft. Meredith Vick and Scott O’Brien are supervising on behalf of the studio.

Dinklage, best known for his acclaimed and Emmy-winning work as Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s global hit series. game of thrones, Been very busy since received His run ended in 2018. He recently starred as Cyrano For director Joe Wright. His upcoming work includes: brother opposite Josh Brolin and Brendan Fraser and She came to me opposite Anne Hathaway and Marisa Tomei for writer-director Rebecca Miller. He is repped by CAA and Jackway Austin Tierman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.