0612_philip_singleWe've heard the rumors for almost a month, now it's official -- Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in
"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!"

Lionsgate announced on Monday that the Oscar winner for "Capote" will play Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Head Gamemaker at the Capitol.

He replaces Gamemaker Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) who was **SPOILER ALERT** executed at the end of the first film. 

"Catching Fire" takes place a year after "The Hunger Games," with game survivors Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) being thrust into a special edition of the games.

Based on the middle book of Suzanne Collins' best-selling trilogy, "Catching Fire" heads into production soon to hit theaters November 22, 2013.

Are you excited for Philip in "Catching Fire?" Let us know!

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