This isn’t officially official until Lionsgate say it is, and they have confirmed nothing thus far. However, E Online is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee!
The odds are definitely in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s favor!
Sources tell E! News exclusively that the Oscar winner has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the much anticipated second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.
Lionsgate does not comment on casting until something is official. An announcement about Hoffman is expected to be released any day
Let us all keep our eyes and ears wide open for Lionsgate’s official announcement, and let us hope it comes soon! I personally LOVE Hoffman for Plutarch, a confirmation of this casting rumor would make me very happy! How about you?
UPDATE, July 9, 2012:
Lionsgate finally confirmed Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee!
Santa 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.
What do you think of this latest official news?