Lionsgate and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have announced that actress Amanda Plummer has been cast in the role of Wiress in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on the Suzanne Collins novel. The character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes, and though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.
Best known to film going audiences from her memorable and award nominated roles in The Fisher King and Pulp Fiction, Plummer is also a beloved, Tony Award-winning stage actress on and off Broadway. She can next be seen as the title character in the forthcoming film Abigail Harms.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.