The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Casts Jeffrey Wright As Beetee

By Katey Rich 2012-09-07 12:00:46discussion comments
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Jeffrey Wright, the character actor and theater veteran who seemingly shows up in every other movie, has become the latest-- and quite possibly the last-- actor added to the massive lineup for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate announced today that they've cast him as Beetee, the former tribute from District 3 who has knowledge about electronics that becomes very, very valuable as he, Katniss, Peeta and many others return to the arena for the Quarter Quell.

Beetee is teamed up throughout the film with Wiress, the other District 3 tribute who was actually one of the first Catching Fire characters to be cast, when Amanda Plummer signed on back in July. And though Beetee isn't as flashy a role as dreamboat Finnick (who will be played by dreamboat Sam Claflin) or fiery Johanna Mason (Jena Malone is playing her), he's important to the action that happens in the arena, as well as the revolution that eventually engulfs Panem and changes Katniss's life.

Catching Fire is set to start production this fall, with a release date set for November 22 next year. In addition to all the new cast members mentioned above, Philip Seymour Hoffman is on board to play head games maker Plutarch Heavensbee, and of course all the original cast that survived the first film will be back-- that includes Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Toby Jones and Stanley Tucci. We don't know a whole lot else about it just yet, but you can follow along all the news as it comes by clicking here.
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