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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Casts Plutarch Heavensbee!

Officially Official

Previously, producers had told fans to take a breather when it came to casting rumors but in this case, they were 100% true. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

We were actually pretty excited when we first heard Hoffman might take the role.

E! Online quoted a source who tells them the deal was finalized around the Fourth of July. But if you still feel skeptical, don’t worry. Hoffman is now pictured on the movie’s official Facebook page. The producers said they “are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.”

If you click over, you’ll notice Hoffman is the first new cast member to  land a role. Director Francis Lawrence is taking the helm this time with stars Jennifer LawrenceJosh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth (and others) returning. Plutarch should have been in the first film but it’s not a big deal that he was left out, his important work is yet to come.

There’s been tons of speculation as to who will play Finnick Odair in the film but there’s still no official word on that. We also had a few names thrown out for Johanna Mason, with Jena Malone seemingly taking the lead.

Here’s the official synopsis for the film, under a spoiler cut in case you haven’t read the books:

“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.”

So, are you happy with this casting news? Who do you think they will announce next?

(via E! Online)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."