Hunger Games goes after Philip Seymour Hoffman
The Hunger Games is taking a page out of the Harry Potter spellbook when it comes to casting choices.
The hot Hollywood buzz is that the producers of Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games, are reaching out to credible character actors instead of celebrity magazine cover stars. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest name linked to the movie is Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Hoffman, 44, won the Best Actor award for his role as the eccentric and controversial American writer Truman Capote in Capote. He's also received three Tony nominations for this theatrical work; his latest was for playing Willy Loman in the Broadway revival of Death Of A Salesman.
Hoffman is being courted to play Plutarch Heavensbee, one of the judges from the first Hunger Games book written by Suzanne Collins. The character becomes the new Head Gamemaker after his predecessor is killed in the first film.
But as Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist in the trilogy, later finds out, there's more to Plutarch and his allegiance to the President and the Capitol than meets the eye. Meanwhile, reps from the Lionsgate studio have declined to comment on the Hoffman rumour.
Shooting for Catching Fire commences in September.
Source: E! Online
Published: 19th June 2012