Amanda Plummer has officially been cast in Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire as “Wiress”, according the The Hunger Games Facebook.
Per that site, “Wiress’ eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes. Though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable.”
Plummer joins new cast members Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson will return in their roles. The studio signed Francis Lawrence to direct Catching Fire in early May. Lionsgate is planning to shoot the movie starting in the fall for a November 22, 2013 release date.
Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” story features a special edition of the Hunger Games every quarter-century in which tributes are “reaped” from the victors of past games. Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is crafting the “Fire” script.
I’ve never seen a flick with as many casting announcements and rumors as The Hunger Games, Gary Ross’ adaptation of the popular Suzanne Collins novel. If the film keeps up this sort of momentum, we’re gonna see perspective gaffer names being tossed around soon.
The latest bit of casting news is that Woody Harrelson – who played the memorable role of Tallahassee in Zombieland – has landed of part of Haymitch Abernathy, who mentors and trains Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) for the title event. Considering this film is a franchise starter for the studio, I wonder if Harrelson’s character lives through the series (which is a trilogy), as he recently said that he “[doesn't] feel like a sequels guy” when asked about the possibility of Zombieland 2.
Other recently announced additions to the cast include Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman, Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane, and Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket. The Hunger Games hits theatres on March 23, 2012.