E! News bring word that Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ the much anticipated second movie in the “Hunger Games” trilogy. Plutarch is the new “Head Gamemaker” in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,’ replacing the recently poisoned Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley). In the film, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. Philip Seymour Hoffman joins the recently cast Jena Malone in the sequel.

Based on the second in the hugely popular series of books by Suzanne Collins, ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ will be directed by Francis Lawrence (Water For Elephants, I Am Legend, Constantine. ‘The Hunger Games’ helmer, Gary Ross, declined to return to the directors chair due to Lionsgate wanting to start production in September. Because of this fixed and tight production schedule Ross didn’t see a way to prep the picture in time. The first film, which Ross co-wrote and directed, has been recieved excellently by fans, critics and at the box office. ’The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is currently pencilled in for a November 22nd, 2013 release date. Expect further casting appointments for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ shortly. The synopsis for Suzanne Collins‘ ‘Catching Fire’ novel is as follows:Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.”