The big news broke yesterday thanks to Variety’s Jeff Sneider, that Philip Seymour Hoffman had been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
While there’s still no comment from Lionsgate The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that he has indeed received an official offer to play the Head Gamemaker in Catching Fire. They say that the offer formally went out on Monday, the same day Hoffman ended his 18-year association with his agency, Paradigm.
While Plutarch Heavensbee plays a small, but crucial role in Catching Fire (check out the character profile here), you’d have to imagine that with a power house like Hoffman in the part, that the role will be much bigger. I guess as the story is told from a number of points of views, there’s a lot more scope to flesh out the character in a similar way to Wes Bentley’s Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games.
We’d love to know what you think of this news. Do you think he’s the right person for the part? I give it a big thumbs up.