Philip Seymour Hoffman Joins Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth also back for 'Hunger Games' sequel
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2012 3:30 PM CDT
In this theater image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Philip Seymour Hoffman is shown in a scene from "Death of a Salesman," in New York.   (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Brigitte Lacombe)
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(Newser) – Did good-but-not-great reviews for The Hunger Games influence this move? Producers of the sequel, Catching Fire, have tapped Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman to play the new Head Gamemaker, People reports. The stage and screen veteran will portray Plutarch Heavensbee, a complex character who doesn't reveal his true alliances until the end of Suzanne Collins' bestseller. Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth will be back, but no word yet on who will play the studly Finnick.

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