Philip Seymour Hoffman Offered Part in 'Hunger Games' Sequel

June 12, 2012


Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman finally gets the chance to hang out with Katniss, Peeta, Lenny Kravitz, and all his other favorites.

In a story describing how Hoffman has decided to go sans agent, Bill Murray-style, Deadline notes that the actor has been offered a big role in the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire--a casting decision that should prove at least slightly less weird than if Kevin Spacey suddenly showed up in the Twilight franchise. Hoffman would play Plutarch Heavensbee, a character who in Catching Fire becomes Head Gamemaker, and returns in the following Hunger Games sequel, Mockingjay, as a propaganda filmmaker. Wikipedia also describes him like a Double Dare stunt, calling him "the judge that falls into the punch bowl when Katniss shoots an arrow at the apple in the suckling pig's mouth." But apparently that happens in the first book (probably right around this point), so we unfortunately won't see Hoffman use his Oscar chops to realize the drama of falling into a giant punch bowl, then probably getting hit in the head with the apple and falling back in right when he's almost climbed out.

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