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Philip Seymour Hoffman signs up Hunger Games sequel

  • Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of Catching Fire, the sequel to hit action film The Hunger Games.

    The 44-year-old will play Plutarch Heavensbee, the architect of the televised games which give the series its title.

    Filming is due to begin in September with Jennifer Lawrence reprising her role as heroine Katniss Everdeen.

    The first instalment made $678 million at the global box office.

    The series is based on a trilogy of teen novels by Suzanne Collins.