'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Casts Jeffrey Wright as Beetee
Another tribute has been tossed into the arena — Jeffrey Wright will star as Beetee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
In the second installment of the fan-favorite franchise, the Tony- and Golden Globe-winning actor will play the former Hunger Games victor from District 3 who returns to combat during the 75th Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell, which pits past champions against one another. Beetee becomes known as Volts for his electronic prowess.
Wright is an acclaimed actor known for his performances in Syriana, Casino Royale, Shaft and Source Code. Next up, the veteran thespian hits the silver screen in Broken City opposite Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe.
With filming of the sequel scheduled to start this month, ‘Catching Fire’ castings have been flying in feverishly over the past few months.
In terms of the Quarter Quell players, Smallville actor Alan Ritchson was named as Gloss and Stephanie Leigh as Cashmere, the two tributes from District 1. Maria Howell and E. Roger Mitchell will star as District 11 tributes Seeder and Chaff, respectively. And for District 2, Bruno Gunn will star as muscle man Brutus and Meta Golding will play fierce golden-fanged Enobaria.
The newcomers join returning principals Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), Lenny Kravtiz (Cinna) and Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman).
The Francis Lawrence-helmed Hunger Games sequel, a Lionsgate production based on the second book in the Suzanne Collins trilogy, is expected to start shooting this month and is due in theaters November 22, 2013.
The story sees Katniss and Peeta returning home victorious after winning the gladiatorial games, only to be called back into action.
Check out the 'Catching Fire' cast as it stands with Celebuzz's cheat-sheet, below.