Philip Seymour Hoffman signs up 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.
July 10th, 2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed up to appear in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'.

The 'Capote' star was offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in the 'Hunger Games' sequel last month and has now officially accepted the part.

Plutarch is the newly-appointed Head Gamemaker for the 75th Hunger Games, which sees current winners Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) take part in a special anniversary of the gruelling challenge as they compete against former winners from various districts - as opposed to new tributes - in a fight to the death.

Philip joins a cast which includes returning stars Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland.

Jena Malone is also a newcomer to the franchise - which is based on Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy - to play Johanna Mason.

Francis Lawrence is taking over as director from Gary Ross and will work from a script penned by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt.

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' will be released on November 22, 2013.

Philip was last seen appearing in 'Moneyball' and recently finished working on 'The Master'. His next project is Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'.