UPDATE: Lionsgate confirms that Hoffman has officially been accepted the role of Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Philip Seymour Hoffman: From "Salesman" to Gamemaker?
Lionsgate is reportedly offering a consolation prize to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who didn't win a Tony for his role in Broadway's "Death of a Salesman": a role in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," according to The Playlist.
Hoffman has allegedly been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the successor of Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley), the Gamemaker who was executed for "political reasons" in "The Hunger Games." Heavensbee has certain rebellion sympathies, as illustrated by the mockingjay symbol on his watch.
News of Hoffman being offered the key "Catching Fire" role comes hot on the heels of news that he's officially left Paradigm after an 18-year run with the agency and is now going agent-less. Now there's a rebellion if we've ever heard of one!
Take this with maybe more than just one grain of salt. Hoffman may have been offered the role, but that doesn't mean he'll take it. He's not much of a franchise man (except for "Mission: Impossible III" and "Red Dragon"), and he may just want to lie low after the crazy Broadway demands of his run as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman." Also, remember: His "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia" pal, John C. Reilly, was once upon a time supposedly offered the role of Haymitch Abernathy, and we saw how that turned out.
Still, he sure would be great in the role of Plutarch. And maybe a high-paying gig in a big franchise film is just the antidote to being snubbed by the Tony Awards.
Stay tuned, Tributes. A lot can happen between now and Nov. 22, 2013, which is when "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is set to hit theaters.
(Originally published on June 11, 2012, at 10:33 p.m. ET)