Tony winner Jeffrey Wright has signed on to star in Catching Fire, the second film in the popular The Hunger Games trilogy, according to Deadline.com. Wright will take on the role of Beetee, a Tribute who is once again focred to fight in the film's title death match.
Based on the novels by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games centers on teen heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), who uses her skills as a hunter to outwit competitors in a post-apocalyptic death match. The first film in the trilogy opened to huge worldwide box office receipts earlier this year. Catching Fire will also star Broadway veterans Philip Seymour Hoffman and Lynn Cohen.
Wright earned a Tony Award for Angels in America: Perestroika. He has also appeared on Broadway in A Free Man of Color, Topdog/Underdog, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk and Angels in America: Millenium Approaches. He also received an Emmy Award for the 2003 TV adpatation of Angels in America. His many film credits include Casino Royale, Source Code, The Manchurian Candidate, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Ides of March, W., Broken Flowers and Ali.