Attention all Hunger Games enthusiasts: It's time to rejoice. Another nugget of excitement has exploded now that Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman will be playing the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the head gamemaker of the 75th Hunger Games.
Lionsgate, the studio behind The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, confirmed Monday that the Oscar winner has won the role as the head gamemaker.
He is a spectacular choice for Heavensbee since the character is complex and mysterious -- the head gamemaker gives off an air of likability to mask his villainy.
In the popular novel, Plutarch Heavensbee replaces the previous head gamemaker, Seneca Crane (played by Wes Bentley in the first movie), after he created a Hunger Games where heroine Katniss Everdeen (played by Jennifer Lawrence) manipulates the games so she and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) are able to survive.
Unfortunately for the Capitol's leader, President Snow, Heavensbee is pursuing his own agenda while creating the arena for the third Quarter Quell.
Hoffman is leaping into the fictional future world of Panem, where he will be acting alongside Hunger Games cast members from the first film: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland, the IMDB says.
While Heavensbee is the first major role to be filled for the second installment of Susan Collins' best-selling series, many are anxious as they wait for the announcement of who will depict the roles of adored characters Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair.
It's been rumored that Suckerpunch's Jena Malone will be playing spunky Johanna Mason from District 7, according to MTV News.
The same goes for District 4's tribute, Finnick Odair. It's been reported that either Arnie Hammer, who most recently appeared in Mirror, Mirror after his berakout in The Social Network, and Garrett Hedlund, best known for being in TRON and Troy, are being considered for the role, but there's been no official word.
Hoffman is known for his award-winning title role in Capote and memorable performances in movies like Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, Mission Impossible: III, Doubt, The Big Lebowski and Moneyball, to name a few.
The movie will begin filming in the fall and it set to be released on Nov. 22, 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Do you think Philip Seymour Hoffman is the right choice to portray Plutarch Heavensbee?