Rachel Zegler is officially joining The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes and will be Lucy Gray Baird in the Hunger Games prequel movie. After making a successful quartet of Hunger Games movies starring Jennnifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen during the 2010s, Lionsgate has spent the last few years developing a prequel movie. The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes was a natural choice for the studio to expand the multi-billion movie franchise once franchise author Suzanne Collins revealed plans for the prequel book. The story tells the origin story of President Coriolanus Snow and his involvement in the 10th Hunger Games.,Following a few relatively quiet years of development, news on The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes has picked up in a major way more recently. Lionsgate officially gave the film a November 2023 release date. After previously confirming the return of director Francis Lawrence, it was also revealed that the Hunger Games prequel movie was already in production. It wasn’t until after this surprise that Tom Blyth was cast as young President Coriolanus Snow. This led to even more interest in learning who will play The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes‘ female lead, Lucy Gray Baird – the female tribute from District 12 that Snow is tasked with mentoring.,Related: Hunger Games Prequel: What Happened To Lucy Gray (Did She Survive?),It has now been announced that Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird in The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. The announcement comes after the West Side Story star playfully responded to rumors she had been cast as Lucy Gray. A recent tweet from Zegler was decoded by fans who noticed that the first letter of every word spells Lucy Gray Baird. It was previously rumored that Lionsgate wanted a “Rachel Zegler type” for the Hunger Games prequel movie, but now they got Zegler herself. After the casting announcement, Zegler shared another tweet following up on her initial tease:,Click here to see the original tweet,The confirmation that Zegler will play Lucy Gray Baird in the Hunger Games prequel movie marks the latest high-profile role for her. The rising Hollywood star has upcoming roles in Shazam: Fury of the Gods and Disney’s live-action Snow White movie, which is still in production. This means her current commitments are overlapping with the Hunger Games prequel’s production. Lucy Gray doesn’t enter The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes‘ story right away, though, so the movie seems to be filming all of the scenes without her first.,The Hunger Games prequel movie casting Zegler is quite an exciting update and a perfect piece of casting. One of Lucy Gray Baird’s defining abilities in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes is her singing voice. Zegler has already demonstrated her incredible vocals singing West Side Story‘s songs, and while this isn’t a true musical movie, she has everything Lionsgate could want for Lucy Gray and help lead The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.,More: Hunger Games Prequel: Casting Every Main Songbirds & Snakes Character,Source: Lionsgate