Anticipation builds for Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Posted by David Konow

Phillip Seymour Hoffman has officially joined The Hunger Games and will be playing Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire.



There’s yet more casting coming together with principal photography around the corner, including the addition of Amanda Plummer.

Anticipation builds for Hunger Games: Catching FireYou may best known Plummer as Honey Bunny from Pulp Fiction ("Any one of you pricks move, I’ll execute every last mutherf*ckin’ one of ya!"), but she’s also starred in The World According to Garp, the T.V. show L.A. Law, and much more. 



For Catching Fire, Plummer will be playing Wiress, who Daily Variety tells us is "a former tribute who became an ally to Katniss." She’s also nicknamed "Nuts," and certainly Plummer can come to mind when you think of nuts.
 
Collider and Variety also report that also up for roles are Sam Claflin from Snow White and the Huntsman, along with Tony Shalhoub from Monk, with Claflin up to play Finnick, a Games contestant who was formerly the youngest winner, while Shalhoub has been eyed for Beetee, a weapons builder who works with electricity and has the nickname "Volts."
 
As all this casting news hits, there’s also a report on Collider that the search is on for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, which will be the last part of the Games story, and this one will be split in two parts, a la The Hobbit. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will be directing Catching Fire, taking over from Gary Ross. 



Apparently, The Hunger Games could indeed have a different director for each installment, because to keep a franchise rolling you have to prep the next one while you’re shooting.
 
So indeed, for the two-part Mockingjay, there is currently a search going forward on who will be the next director, with writer Anne Thompson telling us the head honchos at Summit, Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producer Nina Jacobson, and of course author Suzanne Collins, are going over director ideas.
 
Catching Fire is due in theaters November 22, 2013, while parts one and two of Mockingjay should go live on November 21, 2014 and November 20, 2015, respectively.