Director Francis Lawrence is filling out the cast of his sequel to the dystopic Y.A. phenomena "The Hunger Games," now titled "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", with some high profile talent.
Last week we brought you the news that Jena Malone ("Sucker Punch," "Pride and Prejudice") had landed the role of the tough-as-nails tribute Johanna Mason. Today, in a sizable coup for the production, Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on the portray Head Gamekeeper Plutarch Heavensbee in the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' wildly popular novel.
Hoffman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the titular character in director Bennett Miller's "Capote" in 2006. The prolific actor also appeared in Miller's Oscar-nominated "Moneyball" in 2011. Interestingly enough, Miller was briefly under consideration to helm "Catching Fire".
More recently, Hoffman was nominated for a Tony for his turn as Willy Loman in the revival of "Death of a Salesman" and will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated drama "The Master".
Fans will recall what happened to Seneca Crane (Panem's last Game Keeper) at the conclusion of "The Hunger Games" and be intrigued to see if Heavensbee's role unfolds in the same manner it does in Collins' imagined world.
"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.
Francis Lawrence directs a cast that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Source: Coming Soon
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