Viola Davis to play villain in 'The Hunger Games' prequel

ABC News' Lara Spencer reports the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
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Transcript for Viola Davis to play villain in 'The Hunger Games' prequel
- Pop News. Yeah let's do it. Let's do it. So much to talk about. Thank you, Eva. Hi, good morning, everybody. We're going to begin Pop News with a new role for our friend Viola Davis, one of our favorite actresses, Oscar winner for Fences, star of the ABC show with the most fun title to say, Robin Roberts, hit it. - How to Get Away with Murder. [OTHERS IMITATE HER] Murder. Murder. - I don't know why we started saying it that way, but we just can't stop. Thank you, Viola. Now the divine Ms. Davis is playing the baddie as an evil doctor in the upcoming prequel to the Hunger Games franchise. Viola will play the villainess Voloomnia-- Valom-- Volumnia Gaul. Ooh, that's fun to say, too, I just discovered. She'll be the head of the 10th Hunger Games, opposite West Side Story's Rachel Zegler and Tom Blyth as a young Coriolanus Snow. Did I do it? I hope so. The film will star Peter Dinklage, as well, from Game of Thrones and the wonderful Jason-- Jason Schwartzman. Suzanne Collins, who wrote the Hunger Games books. She's on board to executive produce. Francis Lawrence, who directed three of the four originals. He's back again. Guys, this is gonna be a good one. Look for The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, in theaters November 2023. If Viola's in, you know it's going to be good. Get excited. Hey, also in the news, the late, great Sidney Poitier, Oprah Winfrey will celebrate the legendary actor with a new documentary featuring some of the people he touched so deeply - It was the first time I had seen a Black man assert his power. - I'm a giant and I'm surrounded by ants. - I wanted to marry Sidney Poitier. - He was like, wow. Movie stars should be wow. - For equality of opportunity in this business, there'd be 15 Sidney Poitiers and 10 or 12 Belafontes, but there is not. - I think it's the other way around, because-- - Watch it, watch watched it. My life has had more than a few wonderful, indescribable turns. [TRIUMPHANT VOCALIZATIONS] And I have lived them. - So powerful. - Wow, chills. - So powerful. Sidney, featuring interviews that Poitier has given, as well as commentary from A-listers like Halle Berry, who you saw there, Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Barbra Streisand, Lenny Kravitz, Morgan Freeman, so many others. Oprah posting that trailer on her Instagram, writing, Sidney Poitier came to this world to move it, to shake it, to change it not only as an actor, but as an activist and a wisdom teacher. It is one of the great honors of my life she says to produce the documentary Sidney begins streaming September 23rd on Apple TV Plus. - That's gonna be so good. - Do not miss it. Yeah, thank you, Oprah. And finally this morning, it's back to Xanadu for fans of Olivia Newton-John. I just love this song. A week and a half after her passing, millions showing they are hopelessly devoted to her music, with an incredible 614% increase of streams in her songs. Album sales also jumping. John's 1978 hit Hopelessly Devoted from the movie Grease Jess reached number one for its first time ever. Go, Amy. - (SINGING) Push my love aside. I'm out of my head. - Number one on the country charts. I'm loving it. It's such a good song Olivia herself says she knew how special her songs were. In 2018, she told Billboard she thought her songs were timeless, fun, and had great energy. - Check, check, check. - She was right. I mean, Physical, one of the great music videos. I was obsessed. And that is Pop News this morning. - The legacy lives on. I love it. All right, thanks, Lara.

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