The first official Catching Fire casting news! Philip Seymour Hoffman has accepted the offer to play Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games sequel. Here’s the press release from Lionsgate:
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN CAST AS PLUTARCH HEAVENSBEE IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.
The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com
So now it’s finally getting exciting for Hunger Games fans. Hopefully we’ll see a lot more official announcements in coming days so that we can finally get to see who will be playing some of the characters we love most from Catching Fire – and even the ones we don’t.
I think this is a fantastic decision. I can’t think of a better actor to have on board for Catching Fire. What do you think? Can you see Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee? Let us know in the comments below.
weWith filming just around the corner, you can be sure we’re going to start getting a lot more news about the cast very soon – no official word yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some sort of big announcement at the San Diego Comic Con that starts this Thursday… We’ll have all the news for you as soon as it happens!