While we’ve been waiting to hear who would be playing Finnick Odair in the ‘Catching Fire,’ it appears that Lionsgate has offered a role to none other than Oscar Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hoffman’s name has been associated with the role for several weeks now but it wasn’t until yesterday that an official proposal has been made to the actor. If he decides to accept, Hoffman will play the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. For those who have yet to read the book, Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker who replaces Seneca Crane. If you recall at the end of the first film, Crane was locked in a room with a bowl of Night Berries.
Heavensbee would be major role for Hoffman as the character would continue into the third (and maybe fourth) film of ‘The Hunger Games’ franchise. It would also help Lionsgate as they would now have an Academy Award winning actor in their films boosting the prestige of their movie.
Hoffman is a very accomplished actor with quite an impressive resume appearing in movies such as ‘Moneyball,’ ‘The Ides of March,’ ‘Pirate Radio,’ ‘Charlie Wilson’s War,’ and many others. He just finished a stint playing Willie Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and can be next seen in the movie ‘The Master’ which will be out in October.
Filming for ‘Catching Fire’ is scheduled to begin in September with Francis Lawrence set to direct. Hopefully Hoffman will take the offer as he would be wonderful in the role. And if you’re not familiar with the story for ‘Catching Fire,’ here’s a description:
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.
‘Catching Fire’ is slated to be released in theaters on November 22, 2013.