Philip Seymour Hoffman for Catching Fire?

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Gary Ross directs this sci-fi/action epic based on Suzanne Collins' novel of the same name. Set in a futuristic American landscape, Jennifer Lawrence is Katniss Everdeen, the main character of the story. As a young girl living in a dystopian future, Everdeen replaces her sister in a survival contest that will save her community if she can make it until the end. Also starring Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Toby Jones and Elizabeth Banks.
June 12th, 2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman has reportedly been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in 'Catching Fire'.

The 44-year-old actor is the top choice of bosses at Lionsgate to take on the part of Head Gamemaker after his predecessor Seneca Crane was executed in 'The Hunger Games', the first film in the trilogy.

However Plutarch is also secretly the leader for the underground rebellion of District 13 in the movie which tells the story of a group of teenagers forced to fight to the death on TV for entertainment.

If Philip does take on the role, he will join the stars of the first movie including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth who are on board to reprise their roles of Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne respectively.

Meanwhile bosses are still trying to fill the role of Finnick Odair in 'Catching Fire'.

Finnick is the victor of the 65th Hunger Games in the Suzanne Collins book trilogy on which the movies are based and his role is a vital one in the second novel.

Film bosses are reportedly undecided about whether to go with an established name or launch an unknown with the pivotal role.

Shooting is scheduled to begin later this year with Francis Lawrence taking over the directing reigns from Gary Ross, who chose not to return to the franchise.