It’s a far cry from Capote: Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, next to be seen in P.T. Anderson’s Scientology drama The Master, is to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the next installment in the Hunger Games series. Plutarch is the “gamemaker”–the gent who oversees the operations of the deadly competition in which Jennifer Lawrence finds herself. In The Hunger Games‘s first installment, the gamemaker was a smallish role played by Wes Bentley–but you don’t get a thespian who just played Willy Loman for a quick cameo, do you?
We’d say that his recent Tony loss inspired Mr. Hoffman to seek a new direction–but then again, his first post-Oscar role was in Mission: Impossible 3. The guy likes popcorn! Catching Fire is to be released in November 2013.