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Philip Seymour Hoffman secures a role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jul. 9, 2012by: Niki Stephens
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With the success of the first HUNGER GAMES film, it's easy to see why actors would be attracted to the project. The content of Suzanne Collins' novels aren't too shabby either. There's a nice draw for not only the teens, but their adult counterparts as well.

We have learned that another great actor has entered THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman. He will be taking on the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games. This must be a definite win for fans of the series.

Check out the press release below:

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.

Extra Tidbit: I love all of Hoffman's creepy roles, but Brandt from THE BIG LEBOWSKI will always hold a special place in my heart. That laugh.
Source: JoBlo.com

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12:51PM on 07/09/2012
One more credible actor to add to the mix! Also, if Toby Jones from the first flick returns, there will be two Truman Capotes in Catching fire.
One more credible actor to add to the mix! Also, if Toby Jones from the first flick returns, there will be two Truman Capotes in Catching fire.
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1:03PM on 07/09/2012
Best news I've heard all day.
Best news I've heard all day.
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2:31PM on 07/09/2012
A fine addition. Will give the franchise more depth with his important character.
A fine addition. Will give the franchise more depth with his important character.
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4:10PM on 07/09/2012

Great casting and a great actor

PSH will add a lot to that character; I'm looking forward to seeing that movie when it hits theatres.

I also heard that Taylor Kitsch turned down the role of Finnick Odair. If that's true, he's an idiot.
PSH will add a lot to that character; I'm looking forward to seeing that movie when it hits theatres.

I also heard that Taylor Kitsch turned down the role of Finnick Odair. If that's true, he's an idiot.
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7:21PM on 07/10/2012
i enjoyed Catching Fire & i am surprised they still have not cast Finnick yet or Johanna even. I did not enjoy Mockingjay as much, it becomes too poltical & i lost interest. Anyway this is a great casting choice.
i enjoyed Catching Fire & i am surprised they still have not cast Finnick yet or Johanna even. I did not enjoy Mockingjay as much, it becomes too poltical & i lost interest. Anyway this is a great casting choice.
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