‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Philip Seymour Hoffman Confirmed for Plutarch Heavensbee

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ALTIt’s official: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has its Plutarch Heavensbee. Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is on board to play Seneca Crane’s (the wonderfully bearded Wes Bentley) replacement as the Head Gamemaker in the second part of the Dystopian saga. The 44-year-old actor, who just wrapped up a successful run on Broadway playing the iconic literary character Willy Loman in the adaptation of Death of a Salesman, was reportedly offered the part by Lionsgate last month. 
Unlike some of the controversial Hunger Games casting (early deflectors raised issues with the casting of just about everyone from leading lady Jennifer Lawrence to Lenny Kravitz, only to be proven very wrong) Hoffman’s addition to Catching Fire shouldn’t come as a shock or disappointment to even the most hyper-critical fans. 
After all, Hoffman’s wildly impressive, versatile acting record (The Ides of March, Boogie Nights, Moneyball, The Big Lebowski, and Capote, which earned him his Best Actor Oscar) plus his prior experience with big franchises (Mission: Impossible) should prove that if anyone is up to the task of playing the critical role of Plutarch, it’s him. 
While some casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire remains up in the air (will Jena Malone play Johanna Mason after all?) the official word on Hoffman means we’re just one step closer to November 22, 2013. In the meantime, we have some ideas for who should play the remaining characters in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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Staff editor Aly Semigran is a New York City native who grew up in Philadelphia and spent the better part of her youth trying to figure out what the Philly Phanatic was (an anteater?), quoting 'The Simpsons,' and learning all about movies from her dad. After graduating from Temple University, where she studied journalism, she moved back to NYC and began her career as a freelance entertainment journalist. Her work has been published in Entertainment Weekly, Maxim, Philadelphia Weekly, Philadelphia City Paper, MTV.com, and iVillage.com. She is thrilled to be a part of the Hollywood.com team and she is still quoting 'The Simpsons.' ('I'm Idaho!')

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