OK, OK, nowÂ it’s official: Our first Catching FireÂ cast member is Philip Seymour Hoffman!Â As we reported a few weeks ago, he’ll be playing the new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, having replaced poor Seneca CraneÂ after he got executed at the end of The Hunger Games. We haven’t gotten an official statement from Philip yet, but fans are psyched that he’s accepted the role. He really will be a fantastic, layered presence in this second movie, which focuses on the Capitol promoting Katniss and Peeta’s fake romance, as well as the 75th Hunger Games being even deadlier than the prior year’s.
I make a point of Philip’s casting being official because we still aren’t 100% sure if Jena MaloneÂ will be participating in the Quarter Quell as axe-wielding tribute Johanna Mason. She’s been offered the role but is apparently still in talks. However, we now have a handy guide to finding out for certain who the rest of the Catching FireÂ cast is! Lionsgate directs us to CatchingFireCasting.com, which redirects to the official Facebook page. There you’ll find a graphic, just like for the first Hunger GamesÂ films, which posts the photos of each cast member. It’s how we found out about Philip, and how we’ll meet the rest of our Quarter Quell victor tributes.
What perfect timing for Lionsgate to confirm the first bit of casting news! After several weeks’ hiatus, I’ll be back on the Hunger GamesÂ Fireside Chat podcast as a panelist. Tune in tonight at 10 p.m. EST to hear our reactions to the Plutarch casting news, our predictions for San Diego Comic-Con later this week, and a fun segment where we pick a random page from Catching FireÂ and talk about the scene.
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