With production on Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” set to begin later this year for a 2013 release, the powers that be have begun making plans to add to the cast, since the Suzanne Collins novel adds plenty of new faces to the franchise that will remain all the way through to the third book, “Mockingjay”.
The first name to be associated with one of the new roles is Philip Seymour Hoffman, who apparently has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee by the film’s producers.
Heavensbee is the new gamemaker assigned to make the sequel’s latest round of kill-or-be-killed game fun for the masses, taking over for the first film’s Seneca Crane, who, as you’ll recall at the end of “The Hunger Games”, found himself in a most untenable situation. Like Crane, Heavensbee will play a pivotal role in “Catching Fire”, and will remain for the third film in the series, “Mockingjay” as well. So if Hoffman signs on, he’ll be signing on for two films, not just one.
Officially called “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, the sequel will be directed by “I am Legend’s” Francis Lawerence, who takes over for Gary Ross. The trio of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will return in their respective roles, along with everyone else who survived the first movie. At this point, you’d have to be suicidal about your career to jump ship.
The offer to Hoffman is intriguing, especially since Hoffman is one of those “character” actors who like to stay far away from critic-proof franchises whenever he can, with a few minor exceptions in his career (he played a bad guy in J.J. Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible III” back in 2006). This would certainly be his biggest and most-seen role in years, that’s for sure.
Via : EW