While speculation continues about who will be cast as Johanna (Jenna Malone is rumored) in THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE we can at least scratch one question mark in terms of casting off the list. The other two characters receiving rumors were Plutarch Heavensbee and Finnick Odair, one of which has been filled by an extremely capable actor.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has officially joined the film and will be playing the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, who those familiar with the series takes over as Head Gamemaker in place of Seneca Crane from the first book/film. In my opinion this is an enormous step up from Wes Bentley in the first film, especially since Plutarch has a more expanded role as the Head Gamemaker in the books, so it’s nice to have a very talented actor in the role.
As far as the other two roles still up for grabs, I don’t really have much to contribute for the role of Johanna, so for the time being I’m perfectly ok with the rumored actress being Jenna Malone. As far as Finnick goes, I have a few young actors in mind to take the role- Hunter Parrish and Armie Hammer being two names I feel most resemble what I pictured from the books. As long as Robert Pattinson is out though, I will consider us all lucky for now.
THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE is the continued struggle of Katniss Everdeen versus the oppressive Capital of Panem after her and Peeta’s collective victory in the Hunger Games after an act of rebellion allowed the two to survive. The official synopsis of the second film has not yet been released but the book sets the District 12 winners to prepare for the upcoming games, but first have to deal with the Quarter Quell in which President Snow introduces a new rule for that year’s Hunger Games that will dramatically alter who and how the games are played.
What are your thoughts on Hoffman joining the Cast? Who do you think should play Finnick or Johanna?