Phillip Seymour Hoffman cast as Plutarch in ‘Catching Fire’: great pick, right?

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, is down to the wire in terms of casting with shooting set to begin this fall and several key roles still technically up for grabs. There’s still been no firm decision for the part of Finnick Odair, but we definitely know it won’t be Robert Pattinson, and Garrett Hedlund is still very much a possibility. As for Johanna Mason, Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki have been floated as candidates, but it looks like Jenna Malone is currently the front runner for that role. Now at least we have some (mostly) definite news about the very important part of Plutarch Heavensbee, the replacement Head Gamemaker who — if he’s lucky — will avoid the same fate as Seneca Crane. In all likelihood, Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who a lot of people were hoping would have played Haymitch Abernathy, but I think Woody Harrelson was perfect in the first movie) will play Plutarch. Here’s a mildly spoiler-laden announcement from E! Online, who says that the offer was made and has now been accepted:

The odds are definitely in Philip Seymour Hoffman’s favor!

Sources tell E! News exclusively that the Oscar winner has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the much anticipated second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.

“The deal was made right before the Fourth of July holiday,” one source said.

Lionsgate does not comment on casting until something is official. An announcement about Hoffman is expected to be released any day now. The Hollywood Reporter reported that Hoffman, 44, was offered the role on June 11.

Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker who may (or may not) be more loyal to reigning champ Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) than the diabolical President Snow (Donald Sutherland).

Catching Fire is set to start shooting in the fall with director Francis Lawrence replacing Gary Ross.

Hoffman was most recently seen on Broadway with The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield in the hit revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of Salesman.

[From E! Online]

Speaking of Phillip Seymour Hoffman (and for some reason, I always like to type his full name when possible), Kaiser thinks that the marketing for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master “is going to have to be very, very careful” in light of all of the new information about CO$ being stirred up by the Katie Holmes-Tom Cruise divorce proceedings. I definitely agree, but at this point, the movie’s two excellent trailers have already set the stage, and there’s no turning back. It’s fairly obvious (especially from the stunning impression of L. Ron Hubbard on the part of Phillip Seymour Hoffman himself) that this movie is about Scientology. Hell, there probably doesn’t even need to be any more marketing of this movie at all aside from the odd poster. The crazy, damage-control antics of the CO$ will sell this movie on their own!

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

Phillip Seymour Hoffman

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  1. Chatcat says:

    Love anything Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in. Read all 3 HG books, didn’t see the 1st movie, but will spend $11 to spend time with PSH.

  2. mia girl says:

    This news is all kinds of awesome!

  3. Amelia says:

    He wasn’t who I imagined when I read the book, but it’s actually inspired casting.
    And one does not simply skip on writing The Master’s name in full ;)
    Buzzing to see that btw. Hope there won’t be any backlash for those involved.

  4. BNS1987 says:

    Perfect choice.

  5. Happy21 says:

    Great choice!

    Not impressed with the thought of Jena Malone as Johanna. Not a fan…

  6. Liv says:

    How cool is that! So excited to see the film!! :-D

  7. normades says:

    Lainey seems to think jenna Malone is doing the “casting rumors” trick. Don’t know if she is really the front runner.

    • Melanie says:

      I really hope so, she just seems like a terrible fit

      • Mia says:

        I was actually hoping more for Amber Heard – after all, Joanna is supposed to be a glamorous/beautiful woman who is also an all-around badass. Plus I always thought Joanna would have an extremely symmetrical face with a killer b*tch look, plus the rack.

  8. Melanie says:

    So excited for his casting! I despise the idea of Jenna Malone though…

  9. LeeLoo says:

    Awesome pick! I am a huge fan of Phillip Seymour Hoffman so I am happy to hear this.

  10. gee says:

    He’s definitely a great pick. The first time I read the books, he was my Heymitch but when I re read them a few weeks ago (during the casting rumors), he was perfect for this role. In my head.

  11. fabgrrl says:

    Is Phillip Seymour Hoffman right for X role?

    The answer will always be: Yes!

    • Nina says:

      The guy is f-cking brilliant. Period. I started to write something about Before the Devil Knows Your Dead and then it got me thinking Money Ball and Pirate Radio. And Next Stop Wonderland and Tru and State and Main and Flawless. Then Happiness… so before I start to get off on a tangent and go to the IMDB site or something, let’s just cut to the chase. He is AMAZING. Maybe the best there is right now…

  12. Embee says:

    Love PSH as Plutarch, and Jenna could do Johanna, for sure.

    After drooling over Trey Hardee in Outside Magazine I am fantasizing about his being Finnick. He’d be perfect! Too bad he’s an athlete, and not an actor.

    • Nina says:

      No on Jenna Malone. I picture someone fleshier and goth-y. Brunette, yes, but with a totally different vibe. I see Finnick as a tawny, sexy, ripped guy. I can see him in my mind, maybe a version of Cam Gigandet?

  13. Samigirl says:

    Ahhhh yay! I <3 PSH! Now, announce Fintan! SERIOUSLY!

  14. alison8701 says:

    Phillip Seymore Hoffman is right for all the roles.

  15. RobN says:

    I had pictured Plutarch as being older than Hoffman, but he’ll be great.

    I’m actually more interested in who will be playing Boggs. He was my favorite character in Book Two and I hope he doesn’t get overlooked in the movie.

    • Nina says:

      Agree… I want to know about Boggs… and the female president of District 13, whats her name?

  16. Lindy says:

    I think PSH is a great choice. He’s such a brilliant actor, honestly. And I cannot WAIT to see *The Master*.

  17. Reece says:

    I like this so much!
    Still not sold on the Finnick choices. I had to google Jenna Malone, No, keep looking.

  18. Eve says:

    The crazy, damage-control antics of the CO$ will sell this movie on their own!

    You’re absolutely right. Their crazy antics — especially when they try to defend CO$ — usually backfire.

  19. StephanieMarie2685 says:

    PLEASE not Jena Malone. I’m with the above posters–not a good pick..

  20. Anyone Else? says:

    I can’t remember his name. Does anyone remember the actors name who was seriously made to play Finnick? The guy who plays with rope and ties knots all the time and loves to swim? Someone commented that he would be perfect for the role and after looking him up I agree. Of course, I can’t remember his name.

    • Anyone Else? says:

      Armie Hammer for Finnick

      Johanna needs to be recast

      FSH is awesome for the part!

  21. Mira says:

    PSH is perfect!

  22. Andrea says:

    There is NOTHING this man wouldn’t be perfect in. He is an unbelievable actor. LOVE him!

  23. the original bellaluna says:

    I saw Synecdoche, New York (even though I didn’t really want to) and The Savages, and he is just SO great in whatever he does.

    I do agree (based on the two aforementioned movies) that he would have been an excellent Haymitch. But Woody is one of my faves, and he was my favourite character in 2012.

    • Norton231 says:

      Synecdoche, New York is an amazing movie. Philip Seymour Hoffman was perfect for the lead role, and it was one of his best performances. I love him!

  24. Tassi says:

    Excellent casting!

  25. Rachael says:

    Just wanted to say that I’m really happy about this casting!! Also, I seriously cannot wait for The Master to come out.