'Euphoria' Star Hunter Schafer Joins 'Hunger Games' Prequel

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday June 23, 2022

Hunter Schafer
Hunter Schafer  (Source:Huner Schafer/Instagram)

Hunter Schafer of "Euphoria" fame has signed on to star in the upcoming "Hunger Games" prequel "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes," Variety reports.

Schafer "will appear opposite Tom Blyth and Rachel Zegler" in the role of "Tigris Snow, the cousin and confidante of Coriolanus Snow (Blyth), who, 'Hunger Games' fans know, will one day mature into the autocratic ruler of the dystopian world of the books and films," Variety detailed.

Variety offered a thumbnail sketch of the new film's plot: "With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, Snow is is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler), a girl tribute from the impoverished District 12.

"From there, things get gladiatorial and, Lionsgate dearly hopes, so gripping that its most successful franchise will be relaunched to sequel spawning effect."

Schafer has been a longtime LGBTQ+ equality advocate and successful model. She "made her acting debut portraying Jules in HBO's 'Euphoria' series," recalled The Hollywood Reporter.

"She also co-wrote and co-executive produced a special episode for the series, which aired in January 2021."

Currently, the busy actor is "in production on the Neon film 'Cuckoo,' " THR added.

Variety detailed that the "prequel will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who also helmed the franchise's 'Catching Fire,' 'Mockingjay Part One' and 'Mockingjay Part Two.' "

On the writing side, "The latest draft of the screenplay is by Michael Lesslie ('Assassin's Creed'), fine-tuning previous scripts by 'Hunger Games' creator Suzanne Collins and 'Little Miss Sunshine' scribe Michael Arndt."

Like the previous films, "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" is based on a novel by Suzanne Collins. The new installment in the franchise is due to hit the big screen in November of next year.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.