Great news for “Hunger Games” fans: Oscar-winning Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the sequel “Catching Fire,” which is now in pre-production.
The first rumors that the actor was wanted for the part started making the rounds about a month or so ago, but it's just now that Lionsgate is confirming it, on its Twitter
“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,” the movie studio also says.
“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,” Lionsgate adds.
Of course, those who have read the books the film franchise is based on will already know in which way the competition can – and does – change Panem.
“Catching Fire” is directed by Francis Lawrence and will be out on November 22, 2013.