The film has obviously done great business and the trilogy is now certain to be completed. The second instalment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is scheduled to start shooting in the Autumn for release in November, 2013. Francis Lawrence will be directing what I understand is an accomplished screenplay, the cast are returning and Lionsgate are going about the business of casting the minor roles. Plutarch Heavensbee is the replacement Head Gamemaker after Seneca Crane was poisoned with the same berries that Katniss and Peeta threatened to swallow.
Deadline is reporting that Lionsgate have offered the role to Philip Seymour Hoffman. I’d watch Hoffman doing the washing up, and he would be perfect for the role – Seneca was almost a sympathetic character, although you could argue that he was duped into rooting for Katniss and Peeta after being sold on the prospect of the ratings buzz that their "young love" story would generate. I understand from young friends who have read the second book that Plutarch is parachuted into the role by The President when it becomes clear that an example must be made of Katniss after she becomes the face of unrest in the various Districts. Hoffman is well suited to play the authority figure and also has a sleazy edge that will add a little colour to the character. It’s a great choice although it should be noted that he hasn’t accepted at the time of writing.