Here’s the press release:
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN CAST AS PLUTARCH HEAVENSBEE IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRESanta Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES:CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire.The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut.THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) - a competition that could change Panem forever.THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
Ain’t it Cool News reports that Michael Fassbender will star in the upcoming adaptation of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed.
The Dark Knight Rises is now less than two weeks away, and just to set our pulses racing with even more feverish anticipation, Warner Bros have released a bunch of new images.
And only one image (the camo-tumbler letting rip in the ‘Occupy Gotham’ scenes) feels very familiar, with the remainder offering fresh insight. Crazy that there’s still fresh insight to be had this late in the game - then again, the film does clock in at 164 minutes, so hopefully there’s a lot we haven’t seen…
Django Unchained has released a new TV spot mostly comprising footage we’ve already seen, but still enticing enough to keep our sense of anticipation ticking along nicely…
Entertainment Weekly reports Jena Malone is in the running to play tribute Johanna Mason.
ComingSoon.net reports that James Cameron will film the next three Avatar movies at the same time.
Here’s a bit from the Showbiz 411 interview to Sigourney Weaver:
‘When “Political Animals” finishes shooting, see if you can follow Weaver’s schedule: she goes right into a new Christopher Durang play for a short run at Lincoln Center. Then she films “Avatar” 2, 3, and 4 with James Cameron. That’s right: they’re making three sequels to the blue 3D phenom all at the same time. Weaver says she has no idea how long it will take, or how it’s going to work. “I just show up,” she said.’
Only when production actually starts and some details begin to surface will we know if this is the case.
But an Avatar movie in 2014, 2015 and 2016?? Where do I sign up?
With a late 2013 release date pencilled in, and principal photography set to begin imminently, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire needs to get a move on in the casting stakes…
As the release of The Amazing Spider-Man draws ever closer, catch up with the big bad of the piece, Rhys Ifans…
Machete Kills’ tweets that Charlie Sheen will be the President of the United States in the sequel to Robert Rodriguez’ mexploitation movie “Machete”.
Can’t wait for this one… I had a blast with the first one and word is that it’s bigger and crazier.
For now we know that Danny Trejo will be joined by Michelle Rodriguez, Mel Gibson, Amber Heard and Sofia Vergara.