Production on the second movie in The Hunger Games series, Catching Fire, is set to begin this fall. The first casting news was just released. Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, according to a tweet from Variety reporter Jeff Sneider, later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter.
Hunger Games Head Gamemaker Heavensbee is not a major character in the book, but the role is likely to be expanded for the movie. Director Gary Ross quit the franchise after the first installment. This one will be directed by Francis Lawrence (Water for Elephants, I Am Legend). Jennifer Lawrence will again play Katniss Everdeen, along with Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne. The film is scheduled for release on Nov. 22, 2013.