Netflix adds entire ‘Hunger Games’ franchise to its US platform
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Netflix adds entire 'Hunger Games' franchise to its US platform

Fans of the dystopian sci-fi movie series The Hunger Games, rejoice, as Netflix has just added all four of the original movies to its US streaming service. 

Although the Hunger Games series wasn’t listed as some of the many films due to hit the streaming service, Netflix announced on social media that they would all be added to the platform imminently. As of today, each of the movies is available to watch on Netflix US, allowing fans to have their fill before the much-anticipated prequel film, The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, lands in cinemas later this year. 

The movies, based on the best-selling book series by Suzanne Collins, tell the story of a dystopian society which offers up children as tributes to a televised death match. Ever since the first Hunger Games movie was released through Lionsgate in 2012, the series has earned a total of $2.9 billion, introducing a number of modern Hollywood stars to the fold, including Jennifer Lawrence, Amandla Stenberg and Sam Claflin.

Returning to the series, director Francis Lawrence, who helmed three of the original four films, will return for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, this time working with a cast that includes Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth, among others. Taking place approximately 64 years before the events of the original film, the story will feature an 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow (Blyth), yet to become the threatening President shown in the original movies. 

Set shortly before the tenth Hunger Games, the story will see the 18-year-old future leader be assigned as the mentor to Lucy Gray Baird (Zegler), the tribute from District 12. Whilst it initially seems like the young adult has no hope for survival, Baird works closely with Snow to turn the odds in her favour. 

Take a look at Netflix’s announcement of the Hunger Games franchises’ arrival below.