I'm not familiar with the character of Plutarch Heavensbee in CATCHING FIRE (I haven't read the book yet, but it's on the list), but the fact that Lionsgate has landed an esteemed actor like Philip Seymour Hoffman for the role says a lot, hopefully, about the quality of the script and of the movie. I wouldn't call Hoffman a picky actor but he's been attached to some great movies and for him to sign on to a genre movie like this says a lot about where Lionsgate wants to take this franchise.
I'm still extremely excited to see Hoffman rule all in THE MASTER, and for the younger set, they get to experience one of America's finest actors. Here's the press release:
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN CAST AS PLUTARCH HEAVENSBEE IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRESanta Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- 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 actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut.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.THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com
CATCHING FIRE opens next year.