The role: 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.
The actor: Hoffman just ended a widely acclaimed Broadway run playing Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and will next appear in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master this fall. He won a Best Actor Oscar for 2005's Capote.
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As more actors join the second ''Hunger Games'' film, look here to match ensemble's faces to the roles