Thesp to play Wiress in 'Hunger Games' franchise

Amanda Plummer has been cast in the role of Wiress in Lionsgate’s “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Lionsgate is planning to shoot the movie starting in the fall for a release on Nov. 22, 2013. Philip Seymour Hoffman joined the cast last week as Plutarch Heavensbee, head gamemaker for the Hunger Games.

Suzanne Collins’ “Catching Fire” story features a special edition of the Hunger Games every quarter-century in which tributes are “reaped” from the victors of past games. “Slumdog Millionaire” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy is crafting the “Fire” script.

Plummer’s character in “Catching Fire” is a former tribute who becomes an ally to Katniss Everdeen, portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence. The character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes.

Plummer will be seen next as the title character in the upcoming feature “Abigail Harm.”

Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson will return in their roles. The film will be produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force with producer Jon Kilik.

Lionsgate announced last week that it had set release dates for the final two films in the franchise, based on the concluding “Mockingjay” tome in Collins’ trilogy, in November of 2014 and 2015.

Lionsgate tapped Francis Lawrence in May to direct “Catching Fire” after “Hunger Games” director Gary Ross passed on the gig, citing the tight production schedule.

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