Philip Seymour Hoffman has officially signed on the dotted line to appear in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — and, presumably, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, parts 1 and 2, according to Lionsgate Films. Hoffman will portray Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker who takes over after the debacle that was Seneca Crane’s 74th Hunger Games (in the first movie). Plutarch has the task of creating the 75th Hunger Games, which will be a special Quarter Quell.
The casting means at least one Oscar winner will appear alongside Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen in the first sequel to The Hunger Games. Production on the follow-up is set to begin in September for a November 2013 release, so additional casting should be coming quickly now.