Viola Davis Cast As Villainous Gamemaker In ‘The Hunger Games’ Prequel

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.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.