Viola Davis will reportedly play a villain in the prequel to “The Hunger Games,” which will be called “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.”

The news was announced on Monday by the film’s official Instagram account. It has been confirmed that the Oscar-winning actress will portray Dr. Volumnia Gaul, who is the game master for the 10th annual Hunger Games.

Among the cast members of the prequel are Tom Blyth, who plays Coriolanus Snow as a young man, Rachel Zegler, Peter Dinklage, Josh Andrés Rivera, Hunter Schafer and Jason Schwartzman.

Adapted from Suzanne Collins’ 2020 novel, “Songbirds and Snakes,” the movie revolves around the story of Lucy Gray Baird, honourary tributes from District 12 participating in the 10th annual Hunger Games in which kids have to fight to the death in front of a crowd.

Davis’ character was discussed by director Francis Lawrence in an interview where he said, “Dr. Gaul is as cruel as she is creative and as fearsome as she is formidable. Snow’s savvy as a political operator develops in no small part due to his experiences with her as the games’ most commanding figure.”

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