"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" adds Wright as Beetee, a former winner of the teen competition
Jeffrey Wright has joined the cast of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” as Beetee, Lionsgate announced on Friday.
Wright has long been a premiere character actor in Hollywood, appearing in films such as “Syriana,” “Casino Royale” and “W.” He also won a Tony Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner’s “Angels in America.”
Beetee is a male tribute form District 3 who participates in the eponymous competition, and won a prior event. He joins a cast that already includes star Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, as well as Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is the second book in Suzanne Collins’ “Hunger Games” trilogy of young adult novels. It will be the second film in a four-part series, as Lionsgate has decided to split the final book, “Mockingjay,” into two films.
The first one, "The Hunger Games," grossed $685 million at the global box office.