by Alana Altmann at . Comments

Phillip Seymour Hoffman's death on Sunday has left Hollywood shocked and saddened. 

Tons of celebrities have already taken to Twitter to react to the beloved actor's passing, and now his Hunger Games family is making a statement, as well. 

Hoffman had nearly completed filming his role as Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee for the two-part Hunger Games conclusion, Mockingjay.

Philip Seymour Hoffman in Catching Fire

On Sunday, director Francis Lawrence and The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins spoke on behalf of the film's cast and crew, saying:

"Words cannot convey the devastating loss we are all feeling right now. Philip was a wonderful person and an exceptional talent, and our hearts are breaking."

"Our deepest condolences go out to his family."

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

The Catching Fire casting rumor has become an exciting reality: Philip Seymour Hoffman is coming on board The Hunger Games sequel.

According to an E! News source, the Oscar nominee has agreed to star in the second installment of this trilogy as Plutarch Heavensbee, the Gamesmaker who takes over for Seneca Crane following events in the original.

Philip Seymour Hoffman Photo

Says the site's insider: "The deal was made right before the Fourth of July holiday."

Hoffman most recently appeared on Broadway, alongside Andrew Garfield, in a revival of Arthur Miller's Death of Salesman. He'll join the Catching Fire cast when shooting begins this fall.

Jena Malone, meanwhile, has been offered the sought after role of Johanna Mason in the same film.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Who will portray Finnick Odair in Catching Fire? Let's table that debate for a moment and focus on another key role from The Hunger Games sequel.

Multiple sources confirm that Oscar winner and 2012 Tony Award nominee Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the character of Plutarch Heavensbee, the Gamemaker at the Capitol who takes over for Seneca Crane and who is far savvier than his predecessor.

He plays a pivotal part in the world of Katniss, Peeta and company over the course of the next book/film chapter.

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Hoffman, one of the most respected actors alive, would be a major coup for new director Francis Lawrence. He just finished a run as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman on Broadway.

No word yet from the star or the studio, but come on. This has to happen, right?

[Photo: WENN.com]

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