Jeffrey Wright Joins The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

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Jeffrey Wright Joins The Hunger Games: Catching FireAnother tribute has been found for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee, who joins Amanda Plummer’s Wiress as District 3’s representatives in The Quarter Quell. Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.

The critically acclaimed Wright has continually pushed at the boundaries of his craft with inspired performances over a celebrated career spanning the worlds of theatre, film, and television. Most recently Wright completed work on Jim Jarmusch’s independent film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE. He 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. His brilliant portrayal of the renowned and controversial graffiti artist Jean Michel Basquiat in the 1996 film BASQUIAT received widespread praise from critics and earned him an Independent Spirit Award® nomination. On the other end of the spectrum, Wright has taken on roles in 2011’s SOURCE CODE and the 2006 and 2008 James Bond films CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). 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 (Donald Sutherland) 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 sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.

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