Olivia Rodrigo Joins Soundtrack For Upcoming ‘Hunger Games’ Movie

Olivia Rodrigo, the chart-topping pop superstar known for her soul-baring lyrics and incredible vocals, recently took to Instagram to share that she wrote a new song titled ‘Can’t Catch Me Now’ for the upcoming soundtrack of ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes.’ 

In her Instagram post, Rodrigo expressed her elation about being a part of ‘The Hunger Games’ universe, and who could blame her? The franchise is iconic, and having her name attached to it is undoubtedly a great thing for her rising stardom. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to a teaser yet, you’re in for a treat, as you can hear her melodious harmonies in the trailer of the film itself. 

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You won’t have to wait too long to enjoy the track, as it’s set to release on 3rd November. And mark your calendars for 17th November, because that’s when the full 17-song album, ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes (Music From & Inspired By),’ is dropping, coinciding with the film’s release in theatres. 

What’s even more exciting about this soundtrack is that it’s not just about Olivia Rodrigo. It features songs performed in the film by Rachel Zegler, one of the stars of ‘The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes’. But that’s not all; the album also includes tracks by young artists in the folk/Americana genre. It’s a blend of musical talents that promises to elevate the overall experience of the movie.

Speaking of the film, let’s talk about what we can expect from it. The cast is an ensemble of some incredible talent, including Rachel Zegler, Tom Blyth, Peter Dinklage, Hunter Schafer, Josh Andrés Rivera, Jason Schwartzman, and Viola Davis. The plot revolves around Coriolanus (played by Tom Blyth), the last hope of the Snow family, which has seen its fortune dwindle in the post-war Capitol. It’s a story of resilience and redemption in a dystopian world, and we can’t wait to see how it all unfolds on the big screen.

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Now, shifting topics, there’s been some talk about the influence of ‘The Hunger Games’ on the young adult dystopian genre. Rachel Zegler has voiced her opinion about how ‘The Hunger Games’ served as an inspiration for series like ‘Divergent’ and ‘Shadowhunters.’ She even commended Suzanne Collins for creating a young, anti-establishment female character. 

However, not everyone seems to be on board with Rachel Zegler’s perspective. Some fans have been critical of her comments, labelling her as “arrogant” and “smug.” 

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan of ‘The Hunger Games’ or just appreciate a catchy tune, this musical collaboration is bound to be something to remember. Stay tuned for the release and immerse yourself in this unique blend of music and dystopia.

-Britney Jones