In one of the final pieces of casting news for the highly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” Lionsgate announced today that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the cinematic adaptation of the second in Suzanne Collins’ phenomenally successful “Hunger Games” series of novels: “Catching Fire”.
Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.
Critically acclaimed and known to theater, film and television audiences alike, Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic "Angels in America" and reprised his "Angels" role in HBO's 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. Since then he has played memorable roles in films as diverse as “Basquiat”, “Source Code”, “Casino Royale”, “Quantum of Solace”, “W”, “Syriana” and “Cadillac Records”. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes' political thriller “Broken City”.
Are you happy with this casting choice? How do you think he’ll work with District 3’s other tribute Wiress (Amanda Plummer)?
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, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Patrick St. Esprit, Meta Golding, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, Maria Howell, Stephanie Leigh Schlund and Sam Claflin.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens in AMC Theatres on November 22nd, 2013.
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