‘Hunger Games’ Prequel Enlists ‘West Side Story’ Star Josh Andrés Rivera

West Side Story actor Josh Andrés Rivera has joined Lionsgate’s

Hunger Games prequel, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes.

Rivera will play Sejanus Plinth, the mentor to a tribute from District 2

and a close friend of young Coriolanus Snow, who will be played by Tom Blyth in the feature.

Rivera will also be reuniting onscreen with West Side Story co-star Rachel Zegler, who will 

be playing Lucy Gray, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12.

The adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel will debut in theaters worldwide Nov. 17, 2023.

Lionsgate’s four-film Hunger Games franchise had earned over $3 billion globally when it wrapped up in 2014,

and it is now looking to extend the life span with the adaptation