Variety confirmed Oscar winner, Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote, Doubt, Moneyball) was cast as Plutarch Heavensbee, head game master of the Hunger Games in the Lion’s Gate adaption of Suzanne Collins best selling novel, The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. The movie should start filming this fall for a release date of November 2013. This news follows the recent announcement of Jena Malone being offered the role of Johanna Mason. The coveted role of handsome Hunger Games champion, Finnik Odair has yet to be announced.
The Hunger Games is set in a dystopian North American country split up in districts controlled by the capitol. Every year there is a “reaping” where two children, a boy and girl are picked from each district and sent to the capital to fight to their deaths in the arena until one champion emerges. Catching Fire takes place in the aftermath of Katniss Everdeen and her fellow district 12 winner, Peta Mellark returning home from their victory in the 74th annual Hunger Games. Preparations are underway for the 75th games known as the quarter quell. The capitol and President Snow (Donald Sutherland) are eager to suppress any growing rebellious fervor caused by Katniss and Peta’s unconventional win in the last games.