Long rumored, now confirmed–Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” or as we fondly like to refer to it, “Catching Fire.” Francis Lawrence is directing the sequel to the smash hit “The Hunger Games.” Simon Beaufoy is adapting Suzanne Collins’s novel. The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, with Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, Woody Harrelson, and Jena Malone.
ComingSoon summarizes the plot:
“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.
Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for the Hunger Games which, I gather, is somewhat parallel to Seneca Crane, the part played by Wes Bentley in “The Hunger Games.”
It’s been a good year for Hoffman. He just finished up an acclaimed run on Broadway in “Death of a Salesman,” and late last year had roles in two awards contenders, “Moneyball” and “The Ides of March.” And I don’t think I’m the only one who is really, really looking forward to seeing him in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” this fall. You know, the movie that they say is NOT about Scientology, but which everyone refers to as “the Scientology movie.”
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” opens on November 22, 2013.