It was a bit of surprise that the übertalented Philip Seymour Hoffman decided to bring his acting skills to the Hunger Games franchise by joining Catching Fire as Plutarch Heavensbee. Hoffman explains to EW why the role caught his eye-
“I liked the people involved,” says Hoffman, who recently signed on to play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. “It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role. [SPOILER ALERT]
The new title art features the official movie title for sequel – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Hopefully the other slots will start filling up real soon – especially for the characters we all grew to love in Catching Fire including Finnick, Johanna, Mags, Wiress and Beettee as well as the not so lovable ones too.
We are happy to announce the first actor to be casted for a role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The studio announced today that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been casted as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Below, the press release sent by 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. Continue reading →