London's BFI Waterloo played host to the UK premiere of the highly anticipated film, The Hunger Games: The Ballad Of Songbirds & Snakes. Despite the freezing weather, the American cast, accustomed to Californian sunshine, gathered at the event. The film, directed by Francis Lawrence, is set in a bleak dystopian future, 64 years prior to the original blockbuster, The Hunger Games. That night, the leading cast members, Rachel Zegler and Hunter Schafer, stunned onlookers with their glamorous outfits and impeccable style.
Rachel Zegler, 22, made a bold statement in a sweeping black evening gown with intricate lace detail. She paired the gown with black boots, adding height to her frame. Hunter Schafer, 24, opted for a racy gold crop bralet and a matching skirt with a leg split. Their radiant looks set the tone for the evening.
Other celebrities in attendance included Maura Higgins in a slinky gold gown, Tallia Storm in a black cut-out mini dress, Imogen Thomas in a skintight black jumpsuit, and Lottie Moss in a sheer mini dress. Vanessa Baur walked the red carpet in a stunning black gown with a daring leg split, while Sophie Hermann chose a striking gold strapless gown. Michelle Heaton dazzled in an off-white sequined dress.
The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes serves as a prequel to The Hunger Games series, delving into the 10th Annual Hunger Games and introducing the concept of mentors. The film follows the journey of Coriolanus Snow, portrayed by Tom Blyth, as he prepares for his shot at glory as a mentor. The fate of his assigned tribute, Lucy Gray Baird (Rachel Zegler), becomes intertwined with his own.
The film explores the political machinations that are relevant to our present world, highlighting the fragile nature of life and the consequences of every decision. The stakes inside the arena couldn't be higher, with only one competitor surviving. Coriolanus must navigate between following the rules and his desire to save his tribute, ultimately unpredictably shaping the events that unfold.