Philip Seymour Hoffman, oscar-winner and one of the most respected actors in the business, was certainly a coup for The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire.
Hoffman, who is set to play the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker, talked to Entertainment Weekly about joining such a hot franchise.
"I liked the people involved," he revealed. "It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role."
Of Plutarch he said (spoiler alert!): "He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future… that’s interesting stuff, you know?"
Has he read the book? He certainly has: "It’s good. I’ve read the script, which is true to the book — I kinda ruined it for myself! But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy."
Directed by Francis Lawrence (not Gary Ross, who directed the first film), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens in the UK on 22 November 2013.