Philip Seymour Hoffman Signs for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
Last month, before the flip-flop fest that finally ended with Jena Malone getting the part of Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, there was word going around that an offer was out to the fantastic Philip Seymour Hoffman to take a role in the sequel. Hoffman was extended an offer to play Plutarch Heavensbee, the new gamemaker for the Third Quarter Quell at the next Hunger Games after Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) proved that he wasn't quite ready for that responsibility by allowing Katniss Everdeen's defiance of the Capitol at the end of the last Hunger Games. Now the actor has finally signed on.
This is about the best casting news (via E! News) I've heard in a long time. Hoffman is perfect for the role of Heavensbee, an integral character in Catching Fire whose actions resonate through the entire second book and even the rest of the series. Again, we won't spoil anything, but fans know just how important Heavensbee is to the story, and Hoffman is a great catch for this franchise, especially since his last foray into blockbusters resulted in an awesome turn as the villain in Mission: Impossible 3. Now we just have to find out who will play the role of Finnick Odair, yet another important role in the sequel.