Casting News – Jeffrey Wright cast as Beetee in “Catching Fire”

Lionsgate made another big Catching Fire casting announcement this morning and informed fans that actor Jeffrey Wright is going to be playing the District 3 victor and tribute Beetee.

Here is the official announcement:

“Santa Monica, CA, September 7, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pleased to announce that Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.

Critically acclaimed and known to theater, film and television audiences alike, Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” and reprised his “Angels” role in HBO’s 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. Since then he has played memorable roles in films as diverse as Basquiat, Source Code, Casino Royale, and Quantum of Solace, W, Syriana, and Cadillac Records. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes’ political thriller Broken City.”

Also, here is a recap of the new cast members for Catching Fire:

  • Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
  • Amanda Plummer as Wiress
  • Lynn Cohen as Mags
  • Meta Golding as Enobaria
  • Bruno Gunn as Brutus
  • Alan Ritchson as Gloss
  • E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff
  • Maria Howell as Seeder
  • Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere
  • Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair
  • Jeffrey Wright as Beetee

What do you think of this casting choice? Do you think Wright will do this role justice?


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