The latest Catching Fire casting word about Hollywood is that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee.
Now this is all just Internet rumor so far, Lionsgate is giving everyone that asks a “no comment.” We have to admit that The Hunger Games is not really the kind of acting job that Hoffman usually goes for. The only big action movie franchise that this NerdBastard can remember Hoffman taking a role in is Mission Impossible III. Would this role be “meaty” enough for Hoffman to work out his acting muscles?
Perhaps Hoffman might appreciate a much lighter role as he ends his critically celebrated run as Willy Loman in the New York revival of Death of a Salesman. Not to mention that the payday for this role could fund many a personal project of Hoffman’s.
Plutarch Heavensbee is made the The Hunger Games Game-Master after the previous Game-Master Seneca Crane is executed by President Snow because of the outcome of the 74th Hunger Games. Heavensbee is later revealed as one of the leaders of the rebellion when he saves the tributes during the 75th Hunger Games.
This NerdBastard would like to see this rumor become fact, the film starts production in a couple of months and we’re sure to hear lots more casting news as things really heat up. It’ll be a long wait for the November 22nd 2013 release date for Catching Fire.