‘Catching Fire’ Snares Its Wiress

Though there’s still no confirmation on those Jena-Malone-as-Johanna-Mason rumors, Lionsgate has officially reaped its first new tribute for the Quarter Quell. The studio announced today that Amanda Plummer will play District 3 contender Wiress in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” which is slated for a November 22, 2013, release.

Wiress (otherwise known as “Nuts”) plays an integral role in the events of Suzanne Collins’ sequel. She’s a rather quiet and uncommunicative eccentric, but is said to have an incredible intellect. In fact, it’s Wiress who uncovers several key weaknesses in the infrastructure of the Games arena, alerting Katniss with an unusual “tick tock” refrain. (Readers will know exactly what I’m talking about here…)

Amanda is the second new cast member to join “Catching Fire” following Philip Seymour Hoffman’s casting as Plutarch Heavensbee earlier this month. The Tony- and Emmy-winner (and daughter of legendary Christopher Plummer) has a vast résumé. In addition to Broadway and small-screen roles, the actress has appeared in a number of films, including “Pulp Fiction” and “The Fisher King.”

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