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Rachel Zegler to Sing ‘The Hanging Tree’ in Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ Prequel

The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, the prequel to The Hunger Games movies, is slated for theatrical release on November 17. Based on a novel by Suzanne Collins, the upcoming film will include a vocal rendition by Rachel Zegler of “The Hanging Tree” song.

“The Hanging Tree” was first heard in the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which was released in 2014. In that film, Jennifer Lawrence sang the song in her role as Katniss Everdeen. The lyrics were written by Collins, and the music was composed by James Newtown Howard together with Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of the Lumineers band.

In the upcoming prequel, Zegler will be playing the role of Lucy Gray Baird, who is being mentored by Coriolanus Snow, played by Tom Blyth. The film is being directed by Francis Lawrence, who had helmed the earlier Hunger Games films Catching Fire and the two Mockingjay productions. Also starring in The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes will be Viola Davis, Hunter Schafer, and Peter Dinklage.

In a recent interview, Lawrence was quoted as saying he regretted dividing the Mockingjay story into two separate films, released in 2014 and 2015 respectively. “In an episode of television, if you have a cliffhanger, you have to wait a week or you could just binge it and then you can see the next episode,” he said. “But making people wait a year, I think, came across as disingenuous, even though it wasn’t. Our intentions were not to be disingenuous.”

Apparently, Lawrence has learned his lesson, since he has declared he would not be splitting The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes. “I would never let them split the book in two,” he asserted. “It’s a long book, but we got so much shit for splitting Mockingjay into two — from fans, from critics, from everybody — that I was like, ‘No way. I’ll just make a longer movie.’”

“The Hanging Tree” song as interpreted by Rachel Zegler, has just been released by Geffen Records. The version sung by Jennifer Lawrence was released by Republic Records in 2014 and went double platinum in the United States.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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