Remember when they were casting The Hunger Games? It went like this: Lionsgate announced who would play Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and then Haymitch, President Snow, Effie and Seneca … and then we started to lose interest as they rolled out the tribute announcements. Maybe that’s why they’re going to drag out the process of announcing the major roles in Catching Fire, saving the most anticipated for last. And maybe we should just be happy to hear any kind of rumors that aren’t coming from our own wild imaginations (talking to you, Robert Pattinson as Finnick stories). According to Deadline, and this tweet from blogger @TheInSneider, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee.
Plutarch is the new head Gamemaker for the third Quarter Quell, appointed after Seneca Crane was executed for allowing Katniss and Peeta to share their victory in the Games. He’s also in the running for most amazing Panem name. Seriously, it’s like Suzanne Collins was playing around with a magnetic poetry kit when she came up with some of these. (Hip-hop and electronic music artists should be hiring her to come up with new MC names, because Waka Flocka Flame and Skrillex have nothing on Beetee, Twill and, oh yeah, Katniss.) We digress. Hoffman seems an excellent choice — like Stanley Tucci, he’s got the capacity to appear like a flighty Capitol resident with the undercurrent of gravity that hints at his secret motives, which we won’t spoil for the five people who haven’t read book two yet.
We’re going to use this space to float an idea from our friends Breanne Heldman and Brooke Tarnoff at NextMovie.com: Bob Balaban as Beetee. We spoke to him at a party last week and he seemed game, so, you’re move, casting people!
Also, in case you missed it yesterday, MTV’s always brilliant After Hours offered us a glimpse at this expanded cast of The Hunger Games. Bonus points for getting Amber Rose to don those funny glasses.
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