Franchise films often cast great actors for small roles. It usually means a big payday for the actor, and it gives the film more credibility. So it's no surprise that 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' has offered a role to Philip Seymour Hoffman. But he'd also have to sign on for the sequel...
The Hunger Games
Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron (stars of 'Prometheus') presented the 2012 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight and after some comments that he should announce the award - because he's a guy and he's Irish - Charlize kicked his ass and presented the Best Fight award herself. And she presented it to the stars of 'The Hunger Games.'
No one expected 'The Hunger Games' to do as well as it did. Sure, everyone was expecting a big hit, but no one was expecting the major blockbuster numbers the film pulled off when it was released back in March. Naturally, Lionsgate did the fiscally (if not creatively) responsible thing: they put a sequel on the front burner and turned up the heat. Today, it was revealed that 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' is set to begin filming in Atlanta this July.
One of the big casting decisions for 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' (as it is now so artfully titled) is the role of Finnick Odair, a survivor of previous games who's called back in for one more fight. Supposedly the choice is down to three actors: Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, and Taylor Kitsch.
It took four weeks for another film to dethrone 'The Avengers' from the top of the box office, but that dethroning occurred with a whimper, not a battle cry. 'Men in Black 3' arrived on the scene and proved that advance hype and high tracking are abstract concepts that don't always reflect reality. $55 million isn't an opening that'll have executives committing seppuku, but for a film that was expected to open to north of $80 million, it's a definitely a solid kick in the groin (metaphorically speaking, of course).