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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire May Have Just Found One Of Its New Cast Members
by Jill Pantozzi | 11:04 am, June 12th, 2012
Fans and reporters alike have been speculating for weeks on who would be cast in the new character roles for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Of specific interest is the role of Finnick Odair. Well I’m sorry, but he’s still not cast. However, another might just be. Word is actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been hired. Can you guess who he’ll play?
The Oscar winner has been asked to play Plutarch Heavensbee, the Gamemaker of the next Hunger Games tournament, and a very important character as those of you who’ve read the Suzanne Collins novels know. Spoilers sort of? Plutarch takes over the job from Seneca Crane who was executed for allowing both Katniss and Peeta to win the games. Something that wasn’t made explicitly clear in the film.
Plutarch was technically meant to be in the first Hunger Games film (he would have been the one to fall over in his chair after Katniss shot the arrow at the apple in training) but didn’t make the cut. Either way, the role is an important one and certainly bigger than the previous Gamemaker.
Hoffman has been working on Broadway recently and although Lionsgate had no comment, Entertainment Weekly sites several sources for the casting news including Deadline and Variety. Still no word on who will take on Finnick though and producer Nina Jacobson was just telling us to calm down about these casting rumors. I’d say this one is a great choice though and I hope it’s legit.
Director Francis Lawrence is due to begin shooting later this year along with stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth.
(via Entertainment Weekly)
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