Looking for an Oscar-winning actress who knows how to play an authoritative figure with a cruel, murderous streak? Viola Davis is who to call. Davis’ role as Amanda Waller in multiple DC films is a perfect prelude to her new role in The Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.
THR reports Davis has added The Hunger Games as her next blockbuster franchise. She’ll take on the role of Volumnia Gaul, the cruel Head Gamemaker for the 10th Hunger Games. Gaul also serves as something of a mentor to Coriolanus Snow, and she helped develop the dangerous muttations that are such a threat throughout.
The film is based on the novel by Suzanne Collins that centers on a young Coriolanus Snow, future merciless President of Panem. He’s played by Tom Blyth, joined by Rachel Zegler, Hunter Schafer, Jason Schwartzman, Peter Dinklage, and many more.
Davis is gearing up for another busy awards season as she’s fronting the historical war film The Woman King, which many expect to be a major factor.
Directed by the returning franchise director Francis Lawrence, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes opens November 17th 2023.