Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered the Role Plutarch Heavensbee in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled to shoot this fall for release on November 22, 2013.  Now that director Francis Lawrence is on board and a polished screenplay is in place, it’s time for Lionsgate to finish casting the sequel.  The main focus has fallen on the rumor-friendly heartthrob role Finnick Odair, but as of this writing, there’s still nothing solid on that front.  Instead, we’ll turn to Plutarch Heavensbee.  It’s a relatively small part in the second book, but to give you an idea of how crucial the character may be, Deadline hears Lionsgate offered the role to Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Hoffman may not accept the offer (and my gut says he won’t), but I appreciate Lionsgate’s continued effort to cast the hell out of the supporting roles in this franchise.

The description of the role arguably spoils a twist that could surprise those who haven’t read the book, so I posted it after the jump just in case.

First, here is a vague book synopsis to give you time to turn back:

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. [Amazon]

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Plutarch is the new Head Gamemaker (i.e. designer and manager of the Hunger Games) in Catching Fire, replacing the recently poisoned Seneca Crane.  So yes, the next movie will focus on another iteration of the Hunger Games, even if it’s not immediately clear how our District 12 protagonists (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) will factor into another contest.  Hoffman would be great, able to pull off both the authoritative dignity and the sly duplicity of the character, and certainly capable of carrying some of the heavier dramatic weight of the third book, Mockingjay.




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  • Strong Enough

    Take the check, go to the set drunk, act, and move on.

  • Albert

    Why wouldn’t he accept? It’s not a bad movie to be in it based on the first film and the people who are working on the screenplay. Hoffman has been in really really bad movies so I think there might be a possibility for him to take the role. Besides why would Lionsgate offer the role to him in the first place? It’s because they know he will most likely take it. If not, they wouldn’t be wasting their time giving offers to him

    • http://twitter.com/#!/colliderbrendan Brendan Bettinger

      Since his Oscar win in 2005, Hoffman hasn’t been in a bad movie. For the most part, he sticks to smaller-scale dramas. The obvious exception is Mission Impossible 3, so there’s precedent. I hope my gut is wrong.

      • Alan

        Although he did MI3, he accepted that role before he was nominated, let alone won, the Oscar. However, I agree with your sentiment. If Hoffman were to go the blockbuster route, it would have to be an important, iconic villain in a blockbuster made by an auteur filmmaker. For instance, i could see him in, say, a Batman film by Nolan, but the role would have to be the main villain, not a side role.

  • potterboy

    THE MASTER will be a gamemaster

  • Deadpool

    Interesting choice.
    I pictured someone like Michael Emerson. But Hoffman would be great!

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  • Dre Dre

    I pictured John Goodman. Plutarch is kinda….flighty. And I think Goodman could do that better than PSH. But i’ll take it.

  • AnaB

    I’m psyched about this news! He was my original Haymitch! I hope he at least considers it for Plutarch…

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  • Eric

    I think he would be prefect, and while it is a small role in this film, he plays a huge role in the third and final book. So it would clearly be the reason for him to take the role.

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