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Urgent: There's A New 'Hunger Games' Movie On The Way

It’s a huge day for people who peaked circa 2012: There’s a brand new Hunger Games book and movie on the way titled Sunrise on the Reaping. You thought we only needed one prequel? Wrong. There’s much more to Suzanne Collins’ ever-disturbing and brilliant story. I thought we were all still recovering from the last prequel, The Ballads of Songbirds and Snakes, which takes place 64 years before the events of the first book… Rachel Zegler and Tom Blythe truly understood that assignment. That being said, I will always welcome new Hunger Games books and movies with wide open arms.

This new prequel takes place 24 years before The Hunger Games and will focus on the Second Quarter Quell, the 50th Hunger Games. As someone who’s been severely addicted to this franchise since sixth grade, I’m sat. Here’s every single detail I know about the new Hunger Games movie so far including the release date, plot, and cast.

Everything We Know About The New Hunger Games Movie

When Is The New Hunger Games Movie Coming Out?


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Mark your calendars for November 20, 2026, folks. BRB, starting a countdown.

Who’s In The New Hunger Games Movie Cast?

Sadly, there’s no news about the cast yet, but I’d like to throw Jenna Ortega’s name in the hat for whatever the not-like-the-other-girls girl role is this time. Don’t you see the vision?? Francis Lawrence, who directed the four existing Hunger Games movies, is apparently in talks to direct Sunrise on the Reaping too. The movies have never let me down, so I support this. Give us more gold, Francis.

What’s The New Hunger Games Movie About?

I can only hope this prequel is as stellar — and low-key hot — as the last one. The new book comes out on March 18, 2025 (okayyy, only nine months to wait!) and will “revisit the world of Panem 24 years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the 50th Hunger Games, also known as the Second Quarter Quell,” according to a synopsis. As the stans know, the Second Quarter Quell was won by none other than District 12’s victor Haymitch Abernathy, previously played by Woody Harrelson.

Suzanne revealed that she was inspired by philosopher David Hume’s theory of “implicit submission” and “in his words, ‘the easiness with which the many are governed by the few.'” Oooo. In this book, she explores propaganda and “the power of those who control the narrative.” This doesn’t remind me of reality at all. Nope.

Ilana Frost
Ilana Frost
Ilana Frost is an entertainment writer at Betches. As a teenage girl in her twenties, she spends her time stanning Olivia Rodrigo, baking cakes for award shows, and refusing to ever leave her Reputation era.