Catching Fire Casting: Philip Seymour Hoffman in for Hunger Games Sequel?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman - Catching FireAfter inheriting the reins of the Hunger Games franchise from director Gary Ross, Francis Lawrence is making casting moves as the YA series sequel, Catching Fire, comes into view. According to THR, the first new cast addition may be Philip Seymour Hoffman, who has reportedly been offered a key role that will figure into the next two installments in the franchise: New Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

If you recall, Wes Bentley's Seneca Crane didn't fare so well at the end of The Hunger Games, having failed to do his job in allowing Katniss Everdeen to become a symbol for rebellion. His position now vacated, Crane is replaced in Catching Fire by Heavensbee, who has a few surprises of his own to reveal.

If you've read the books or know what happens in Catching Fire and beyond, the casting of this character in particular is all more intriguing, given what transpires in the plot-heavy next installments. Without spoiling it, I'll just say this: Seeing someone of Hoffman's caliber in the role makes Catching Fire (and the trilogy-ender Mockingjay) very promising, indeed.

No confirmation yet as to whether or not Hoffman is a go for Plutarch Heavensbee; filming, meanwhile, is set to begin in September.



  • Laten Jordan says:

    Hi I'm Laten Jordan.I'm 10 years old and will be 11 in august.I want to audition for Brutus from district 11 in catching fire.I read the whole series and saw The Hunger Games 5 times.I play The Hunger Games in my apartments backyard and I act and fight like a career.My weapon I use is sticks for throwing knifes I can throw 6 feet far.Acting has always been a dream of mine and I will never lose hope of becoming a male actor.

    • Lise says:

      If you want to audition for Catching Fire, here is not the place to advertise it. There's an actual website to send your name to so they'll consider you- post it there 🙂 also I'd just like to say there's a massive age gap between you an Brutus, maybe you should reconsider which character you audition for! And when writing your submission, use capital letters, good gramma and spelling, so they take you seriously. Good luck 🙂