Philip Seymour Hoffman Cast in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Entertainment Jul. 9, 2012 AT 1:15PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman attends the Tony Awards on June 10, 2012 in New York City. Philip Seymour Hoffman attends the Tony Awards on June 10, 2012 in New York City. Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.com

It's official: Philip Seymour Hoffman, 44, will play the role of head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate announced July 9.

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The Oscar-winning actor, who was recently nominated for a Tony Award for his role in Broadway's Death of a Salesman, will share the screen with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, 21, Josh Hutcherson, 19, Liam Hemsworth, 22, Elizabeth Banks, 38, and Woody Harrelson, 50. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire -- based on the second novel in the bestselling trilogy by Suzanne Collins -- is being directed by Francis Lawrence and produced by Nina Jacobson.

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Heavensbee is the new gamemaker of the deathly Hunger Games TV series, a position previously occupied by Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley, 33). Principal photography on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to begin this fall.

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Other central characters who have yet to be cast in the film include tributes Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair; Jenna Malone and Garrett Hedlund are both reportedly frontrunners for the roles.

Since its March 23, 2012 release, The Hunger Games has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide.

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