Welcome to Cast Countdown with Hamilton. I will be regularly introducing a member of the Catching Fire cast and discussing what it is that they will be bringing to the role of their character. Fair warning, just in case you have not yet read the books, there may be spoilers here.
Amanda Plummer as Wiress
About Wiress: Wiress is a tribute from District 3 and past victor of the Games. She’s a bit younger than Mrs. Everdeen – somewhere in her 30′s – and is described as having ashen skin and black hair. Though a genius – something which helps Katniss a great deal – she’s a bit eccentric, rarely finishing a sentence, leading the other tributes to give her the nickname “Nuts.” Once in the arena again she snaps, breaking down into what seems to be babbling nonsense. Read more about her in Kelsey’s character profile.
About Amanda Plummer: The daughter of award winning actor Christopher Plummer, she is probably best known as “Honey Bunny” from the opening and closing scenes of Pulp Fiction, a character that was just a tad extreme and unstable. Plummer has a habit of playing characters with some mental instability and quirks, receiving an Emmy for her portrayal of a schizophrenic in Law and Order: SVU. She herself is known for being quiet, reclusive, and a little eccentric. Appearance wise she doesn’t have the black hair, but she has the pale skin and the “wiry” frame that I would imagine the character to have. She’s a bit older (55) than the character, but she also has something of an age ambiguous look to her so I think that’s alright, especially since Wiress’ age is never explicitly stated.
Having seen her in both Pulp Fiction and SVU I have to say that I think this casting is spot on. She can very intense and very off kilter while remaining believable. While Wiress doesn’t have that large of a role in the book, her character is quite important to the plot and I’m glad it’s being handled by someone of this caliber.
Check out this interview with her, below, and I think you’ll get a good sense of the type of person she is and how she will be putting herself into the role.
Amanda Plummer on IMDB