Philip Seymour Hoffman Officially Signs on to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Officially Signs on to The Hunger Games: Catching FireThe Hunger Games: Catching Fire officially has its Plutarch Heavensbee, head gamemaker for the Hunger Games, as Philip Seymour Hoffman is now confirmed for the role.

Heavensbee follows in the footsteps of Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), who was executed at the end of The Hunger Games. Plutarch is a far savvier political animal than his predecessor and plays a crucial role in the events of Catching Fire.

We’re still waiting for confirmation on Jena Malone accepting another key role in the sequel, that of Johanna Mason.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares for the 75th annual Games (known as the Quarter Quell).

Francis Lawrence will direct Catching Fire, for which Lionsgate is eying a September start and a November 22, 2013, release. Nina Jacobson’s Color Force produces with Jon Kilik.

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