Rachel Zegler continues to make the rounds as part of the promotional push for The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes.
On Thursday, the actress, who came to prominence with her film debut playing María in Steven Spielberg‘s musical adaptation West Side Story (2021), stopped by for an appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen in New York City.
On her way out of the high-rise, the leading lady offered up a big beaming smile, all while looking New York cool in an all-black ensemble.
With the temperature dropping into the low 50s as the day way to night, Zegler decided to wear a long black overcoat over black slacks and a matching top.
Rounding out her overall look, the New Jersey native donned a pair of black open-toe heels, carried a small box purse for her essentials, and had her dark tresses styled long past her shoulders with natural waves and a part in the middle.
This latest promotional stop comes one day after the fifth installment in The Hunger Games franchise made its New York City premiere.
The much-anticipated film had its European premiere in Berlin, Germany on November 5, and is now set to make its widespread release in the U.S. on November 17.
Directed by Francis Lawrence from a screenplay Michael Lesslie and Michael Arndt, the dystopian action film is based the novel The Ballad Of Songbirds And Snakes (2020) by Suzanne Collins
It serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games (2012), which starred Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.
The new prequel continues the stories told in the Suzanne Collins young-adult novels, on this go-around is set six decades before the events of the original film.
‘Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Tom Blyth) is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol, according to a synopsis from Lionsgate Films.
‘With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), the female tribute from impoverished District 12.’
But, after Lucy Gray demands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, ‘Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy Gray’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird, and who is a snake.’
Along with Blythe and Zegler in the lead roles, the cast also includes Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Peter Dinklage, Jason Schwartzman, Viola Davis, Fionnula Flanagan, Burn Gorman, Ashley Liao, Max Raphael, Zoe Renee, Nick Benson, Isobel Jesper Jones and George Somner.
The first four films in the franchise were all a huge hit at the box office, beginning with the original which grossed $694.4 million against a budget of $78 million.
The follow up – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) – raked in even more money, earning $865 million with a budget of between $130-140 million.
The third installment – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 (2014) – grossed $755.4 million while working with a budget of $125-140 million.
And the fourth in the franchise – The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (2015) – took a slight drop at the box office, bringing in $653.4 million against a budget of $160 million.