Peter Dinklage to Play Drunk Hunger Games Creator in Prequel

A clearly drunk Tyrion takes another drink while a silent Varys watches on.

Screenshot, HBO

I actually hope that Peter Dinklage enjoys a tipple or two. In any other case, I am not particularly certain why the actor, after taking part in Tyrion Lannister, the fan-favorite lush of Westeros, in Recreation of Thrones would need to play an arguably extra notorious boozehound in one other main style sequence,

That boozehound is particularly Casca Highbottom of The Starvation Video games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Dinklage joins this adaptation nobody appears notably excited for (apart from Lionsgate). This casting information is all nicely and good, however, having not learn the prequel earlier than I used to be completely agog on the discovery of how the person created the Starvation Video games, wherein a bunch of children are drafted to homicide one another till the final one standing manages to carry house further meals for his or her house district. Casca was simply… drunk. From the fan wiki:

“In his youth, Highbottom attended the College with Crassus Snow, the daddy of Coriolanus Snow. Whereas learning underneath Dr. Volumnia Gaul, whom he loathed, Highbottom got here near failing her class. For the category’s ultimate venture —which noticed him paired up with Snow—the scholars have been challenged to create a punishment for the districts so excessive that they’d by no means be allowed to overlook how they’d wronged the Capitol. This suited Highbottom, as he had all the time excelled at puzzles, and in a drunken stupor he conceived what would change into the Starvation Video games. Within the course of, Snow received him even drunker, taking part in on his vainness as he fleshed out the venture, all of the whereas assuring him that it was only a personal joke. The subsequent morning, Highbottom awoke, horrified to search out that Snow had turned within the venture to get a very good grade. He by no means forgave Snow for this betrayal.”

I… I truthfully don’t have any phrases at this revelation. When it comes to prequels undercutting the narrative energy of their unique tales, this is not on the extent of proclaiming “wizards used to shit the place they stood” but it surely’s… not good. It relegates what ought to be—and is—a horrific celebration of fascism that impressed Katniss Everdeen and others to battle for freedom, and turns it right into a drunken prank gone incorrect. It is also very silly.

In case you’re questioning whether or not Dinklage had had a drink or two earlier than he accepted the function, the movie’s producer, Nina Jacobson, is not saying. As an alternative, she instructed Deadline: “I can not consider an actor extra completely suited to inhabit the function of Highbottom. As the person credited with conceiving the Starvation Video games and the Dean of the Academy, Casca Highbottom is a personality with secrets and techniques. Peter’s magnetism, depth, and darkish humor will infuse him with the intelligence, depth, and pathos that the function calls for.”

That sounds higher than “drunk man who created an extremely highly effective device of fascism as a lark” however possibly these “secrets and techniques” imply one thing extra is happening right here? Lord, I hope so.

The Starvation Video games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will lurch into theaters on November 17, 2023.


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