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Peter Dinklage to Play Drunk Hunger Games Creator in Prequel

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

Screenshot: HBO

I certainly hope that Pierre Dinklage enjoy a drink or two. Otherwise, I’m not particularly sure why the actor, after playing Westeros fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister, in game of thrones would like to play an arguably more infamous alcoholic in another major genre series.

This boozehound is specifically Casca Highbottom from The hunger Games prequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Serpents. Dinklage is joining this adaptation that no one seems particularly excited about (other than Lionsgate). This casting news is very beautiful, but, having not read the prequel before, I was absolutely overwhelmed to discover How? ‘Or’ What the man created the Hunger Games, in which a group of children are recruited to kill each other until the last one standing manages to bring home extra food for their home neighborhood. Casca was just…drunk. From fan wiki:

“In his youth, Highbottom attended college with Crassus Snow, Coriolanus Snow’s father. While studying with Dr. Volumnia Gaul, whom he hated, Highbottom nearly failed his class. For the final class project – which saw him paired with Snow – the students were challenged to create a punishment for the districts so extreme that they would never be allowed to forget how they had wronged the Capitol. he had always excelled at puzzles, and in a drunken stupor he devised what would become the Hunger Games.In the process, Snow made him even more drunk, playing on his vanity as he fleshed out the project, all assuring him it was just a private joke. The next morning, Highbottom woke up, horrified to find that Snow had put off the project to get a good grade. He never forgave Snow for this betrayal.

I… Honestly, I have no words for this revelation. In terms of prequels undermining the narrative power of their original stories, it’s not at the level of proclaiming “wizards used to shit where they stood” but it’s… not good. It relegates what should be – and is – a horrible celebration of the fascism that inspired Katniss Everdeen and others to fight for freedom, and turns it into a drunken prank gone wrong. It’s also very stupid.

If you’re wondering if Dinklage had a drink or two before accepting the role, the film’s producer, Nina Jacobson, does not say. Instead, she Told Deadline“I can’t think of a more perfectly suited actor to portray the role of Highbottom. As the man credited with conceiving the Hunger Games and Dean of the Academy, Casca Highbottom is a character with Peter’s magnetism, intensity and dark humor will infuse him with the intelligence, depth and pathos the role demands.

Sounds better than “the drunk man who created an incredibly powerful tool of fascism like a lark,” but maybe those “secrets” mean there’s something more going on here? Lord, I hope so.

The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will be released in theaters on November 17, 2023.


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