Philip Seymour Hoffman Confirmed for ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ [Updated]

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Philip Seymore Hoffman Hunger Games Catching Fire Philip Seymour Hoffman Confirmed for Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Updated]

[Update: Hoffman is Confirmed to be playing Plutarch Heavensbee. Scroll down for details.]

After the incredible box office success of The Hunger Games, including one of the most profitable opening weekends in history, it’s hardly surprising that Lionsgate is hurriedly moving ahead with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the adaptation of the second entry in Suzanne Collins’ dystopian book trilogy.

Now it seems that Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Moneyball) might lend his considerable talents to the upcoming sequel.

Lionsgate has offered Hoffman the pivotal role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head Gamemaker for the annual competition known as “The Hunger Games.” Wes Bentley (American Beauty) portrayed the previous Gamemaker, Seneca Crane, in the first installment. However, Heavensbee will likely be a meatier, more nuanced role than that of Crane, if Catching Fire stays even reasonably faithful to the book.

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In Mission: Impossible 3, Hoffman made an impression as a truly vile sociopath, so he’s obviously got acting chops when it comes to playing villains. Of course, he has also tackled a number of seriously flawed and morally ambiguous characters throughout his career, like Andy Hanson in Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead and the legendary writer Truman Capote, for which he won an Oscar. Fortunately, Heavensbee is a bit more than your garden-variety antagonist, so Hoffman could have some real fun with the role (provided he signs on). Should he come join the cast of Catching Fire, it’s reasonable to assume he will be back as Heavensbee for the trilogy’s inevitable conclusion, Mockingjay.

UPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed that Phillip Seymour Hoffman is taking the role, and that a deal with Lionsgate was reached before the 4th of July holiday:

Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES:CATCHING FIRE 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.

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.

Not surprisingly, Jennifer Lawrence will return as the heroine Katniss Everdeen. However, what is somewhat surprising was the decision by The Hunger Games director Gary Ross to quit the lucrative franchise after the success of the first film. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Water for Elephants) is taking the reins for Catching Fire, and was selected – at least in part – because his schedule for the fall is relatively open compared to the other candidates that were on the director shortlist.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters November 22nd, 2013.

Source: Lionsgate

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  1. I hope he doesn’t do it. He’s too much of a great actor to do these teeny bopping movies.

    • It’s too late for him not to do it, since he’s CONFIRMED

    • This particular trilogy is actually substantially more intellectually stimulating (and just plain interesting) than the brunt of current ADULT literature (and, for those whose minds may stuck in an adolescent sewer, I, of course, mean GROWN-UP, not pornographic). Sadly, that’s NOT an exaggeration…

      In short, this film should be right up Hoffman’s alley.

      • right up hoffman’s alley… back alley?

        • …and THAT is why I put in my parenthetical clarification above. :P

  2. While I don’t agree that they’re “teeny bopping”, I DO think he’d bring a little class to the franchise. He’s a very talented man…

  3. The hunger games trilogy isn’t teeny bopping at all. After the first book at really takes off and has more involved. I think he would play the part perfect. I was curious as to who they would choose for the part. There are other characters I am curious to know who is going to play the parts as well. Good choice tho, if he decides to do it.

  4. I can really picture him as Heavensbee. So who do you guys reckon will be offered the part of Finnick Odair, Mags, Beetee, Wiress?

    • Anyone who’s confusing Hunger Games and movie franchises, like say Twilight, should wake up and see the movie or read the books before commenting.

      I think Phillip Seymour Hoffman would be an excellent actor for Catching Fire. The kids in Hunger Games are terrific as was Woody Harrelson.

      I would love to see Arme Hammer cast as Finnick. He would be perfect.

      • Agreed, they are miles apart from Twilight…I hate when people make that comparison.

        I love PSH as an actor, I actually pictured John C Reilly when I read the books…because Plutarch is from the capital so he’s a bit goofy, but I think he’ll fit better for what Plutarch does in the third book.

        Armie wouldn’t be bad, but I think Garret Hedlund would nail the mannerisms of Finnick perfectly.

        • Now… Sadly he will not do that at the end… (at least in part 2) :(

      • In total agreement.

  5. Yes Yes, Malone and now Hoffman, whoever is casting is brilliant :)

  6. I think that PSH will do a stellar job. Can’t wait to see “Catching Fire” next year.

  7. hunger games and twilight both have die hard fans and are both about a girl who is torn between the love for two different guys. One guy is even her friend who loves her but she doesnt feel the same for….. Hungergames is way better than twilight but they both have certain little things in common that people cant deny.

    • They are NOT, however, the same work OR the same TYPE of work. HG is actually well-written and intellectually provocative. “Twilight” is…creepy (and that’s NOT its plot or action or any recognized horror trope).

  8. Twilight and Hunger Games—no comparison. While Bella makes stupid mistakes about her life—is a real idiot, Katniss doesn’t have ANY control over her life, and has MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO FIGHT FOR. Katniss is a strong, smart and moral character that should better represent young girls. Enough about Twilight.

    PSH would be awesome as Heavensbee, but I think more will want to know who’s cast as Finnick. He is so crazy!

    Also, Hunger Games was surprisingly faithful. I hope CF is too.

  9. Please (rolls eyes).

    Go see/read the Running man.

    Then get back to me. In case anyone isn’t aware the current Scholastic categorized the book’s reading level as between 5th and 6th grades.

    This is not a personal attack. i repeat, this is not a personal attack. This is an attack on a lame-@ss book cobbled together at a reading scale most kids should be clearing about the time their faces start not being so.
    God I hate this industry.

  10. In related news, Box Office Mojo is reporting that Liosngate is splitting Hunger Games: Mockingjay into two films on to be released November 2014, and one November 2015

  11. RIP

  12. RIP…Well, that escalated quickly!