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[First Look] Philip Seymour Hoffman Returns To Blockbusters In ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Written by on January 10, 2013 

Yesterday, when the first look at this year’s The Hunger Games follow-up was unveiled, we remarked that perhaps the only thing that could help generate personal interest for us was the reveal of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the blockbuster. The Oscar-winning actor hasn’t taken part in a tentpole since Mission: Impossible III, where he delivered a stellar villain performance, but now he’s back to the major money-making game and the first image has arrived today.

Unfortunately, in world of crazy hairstyles, elaborate costumes and fireballs coming from any angle, his reveal as Plutarch Heavensbee is fairly normal. In a long robe, one can see him above thanks to EW (via Bleeding Cool), alongside returning actor Woody Harrelson. We’ve also got some more new stills below, including a few you may have missed last night, for Francis Lawrence‘s film also starring Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny KravitzStanley Tucci and Donald Sutherland.

In the thrilling sequel THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, Katniss Everdeen and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark have barely returned home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games when they are whisked away once again by the Capitol. Forced to leave her family and best friend Gale, Katniss is dispatched on a victory tour of Panem with Peeta, where rebellion is seething in all 12 districts.

The Capitol is enraged and ready to strike back . . . as President Snow prepares the most diabolical edition of the Hunger Games yet. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd, 2013.

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