Today we have finally added another member to ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘ cast. And a big one at that! According to Lionsgate Publicity, Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee! However, moments after publishing the press release, it was pulled from the site. Obviously this story is still breaking, but we can only assume it’s official. Check out the press release below:
Santa Monica, CA, September 7, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.
Critically acclaimed and known to theater, film and television audiences alike, Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” and reprised his “Angels” role in HBO’s 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. Since then he has played memorable roles in films as diverse as BASQUIAT, SOURCE CODE, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE, W, SYRIANA, and CADILLAC RECORDS. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes’ political thriller BROKEN CITY.
Since the story was pulled perhaps it was simply published too early. However we will keep a look out for more Beetee news!
UPDATE: Looks like Jeffrey Wright’s casting announcement is back on Lionsgate Publicity!