In the recent entry of Capitol Couture, Third Quarter Quell (75th Hunger Games) head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee (to be portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman) has was able to share his ideas on the upcoming Games. Also, you get to see him and his fellow gamemakers in a new still.
A snippet from his profile at the Capitol Couture:
“As an artist, the games will provide me with almost unlimited creative freedom,” says Heavensbee, who is always circumspect about the details. “Allowing for the event itself to happen in real time adds a layer of constant excitement and anticipation. Add the human variable of the tributes themselves, and no one, not even I, can predict what will happen next.”
In a recent article from the Wall Street Journal
, Philip Seymour Hoffman was able to share why he became attached to the story written by Suzanne Collins in her trilogy “The Hunger Games.” He was also able to discuss why children should be able to know the story despite the “children killing children” part of the story. He then discussed why he accepted the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the new head gamemaker and replacement to Seneca Crane, who died at the end of the first book.
On the story of “The Hunger Games” trilogy:
“It’s unbelievable what this woman has done,” the actor said in an interview. “She literally tells our modern history of war and the awful things that have happened through these science-fiction novels. In the modern day, we send children off to die to protect our way of life, basically. It’s very powerful the way she does it.”
His amazement at Collins’s books made him say, “I’m in. I want to be a part of that,” he said. Despite the film’s bloody premise, he said the full story gives a very different message than simply “kids who kill each other.” According to him, if the films are done well, they are something kids should see.
On his role as Plutarch:
“I’m looking forward to the next two [films], because his job becomes very different,” Hoffman said of Plutarch’s role. “The story becomes very different and everyone will see what happens.”
|Philip Seymour Hoffman is Plutarch (L) in Catching Fire with Woody Harrelson (R) as Haymitch
It’s now official and confirmed that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play the head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” He will replace Wes Bentley’s (Seneca Crane) character in the sequel and has a very huge influence as the story continues. By the way, here’s the official press release from Lionsgate dated July 9, 2012.
Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.
The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
I guess Lionsgate is still a bit tight with the casting since they didn’t tell us who Finnick is! Anyway, according to Entertainment Weekly
and Jeff Snyder
), Philip Seymour Hoffman was offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the head gamemaker of the Third Quarter Quell or the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Plutarch is one of new characters in Catching Fire who has a major role. Lionsgate has no comment on that rumor. Let’s just wait until an official announcement is released!
|Philip Seymour Hoffman
What do you think? I think he’s got the physical description in the book and I know he can act because he’s been in the Broadway.