Philip Seymour Hoffman is a superb actor, he brings a real energy, passion and genuine brilliance to any film and any role. He is one of those actors who is totally magnetic on screen, and he is guaranteed to lift the quality of whatever film he appears in.
News has been announced today that Hoffman has been offered a rather large role in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. While producers have yet to cast Finnick Odair’s character, and with internet speculation going a bit mad for it, news arrived late last night that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. If he takes the role, this would see Hoffman playing the new Gamemaker after the death of former Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) in the first film. Heavensbee is due to take over as the new Gamemaker in the Capitol.
This could be a massive role for Hoffman as Heavensbee will be playing a more crucial role in this film due to his more savvy political ideas. Personally I would love to see Hoffman take the role, and there is no doubt he would bring his magic to the character and make him totally brilliant to watch.
Filming is expected to begin in Autumn, with a planned release date of 22nd November 2013.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will all reprise their roles of Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and also returning will be Woody Harreslson, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci, Elizabeth Banks and Toby Jones. Simon Beaufoy wrote the screenplay based on Suzanne Collins’ novel. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is directing.
More on this as it develops.
By Matt Wavish