With anticipation growing for the eagerly awaited sequel to The Hunger Games, Philip Seymour Hoffman who will take on the role of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has spoken about the role.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Hoffman explained that he found the character's backstory "interesting", and said that he is looking forward to teaming up with the film's cast "It's a great group of actors. It's a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role.
He's somebody who's part of the revolution, but you don't know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that's that dangerous because he thinks it's the future, that's interesting stuff, you know?"
Hoffman admitted that he hadn't read the novels by Suzanne Collins before he discovered he was in line for the part. However, he soon watched the film and is now halfway through the second book adding "It's good, I've read the script, which is true to the book. I kinda ruined it for myself. But I'm reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy."
Speaking about joining a large blockbuster series he revealed "Things always pass over, you know? I don't know what it will be like. But, you know, I'm not playing Katniss.
I'm not in high-profile movies in that way too often, so it usually passes. I'm 45. I think it will be all right."
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence and follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) after she returns home from winning the 74th Hunger Games, along with fellow winner Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) it is currently slated for a November 2012 release.
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THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE IS OUT IN NOVEMBER 2013