Plutarch is new Head Gamemaker at the Capitol, replacing the seemingly executed Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) from The Hunger Games. A far savvier political animal than his predecessor, Plutarch is charged with overseeing the 75th annual Hunger Games, also called the Quarter Quell. As the name suggests, the event occurs every 25 years, tweaking the rules of the Hunger Games in a new, significantly brutal way. For the first Quarter Quell, citizens in each district voted on who would compete in that year’s Hunger Games. For the second Quarter Quell, each district provided four tributes to the arena instead of the usual two. (MILD SPOILER FOLLOWS!) For the third Quarter Quell, each district picks from among its previous champions, forcing Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) to return to the arena.
I don’t recognize a lot of the other new actors and actresses (you can click the arrow and go through all the major actors and actresses), but Hoffman seems like a good choice for this role. I liked the books and the first movie was a fairly well done adaptation of the books. But they also fixed some of my minor problems with the books (even as the introduced cinematic elements I took issue with, but I digress). I’m interested to see if they rectify more serious issues I developed with the books as the series progressed. Definitely looking forward to this one.