Actor also admits that he had not read the 'Hunger Games' books before signing on for the film

Philip Seymour Hoffman has revealed what drew him to the Hunger Games franchise.

The Oscar-winning actor has been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee, the Head Gamemaker in Catching Fire, the second film in the series. Discussing what attracted him to the role, Hoffman told Entertainment Weekly: “It’s a great group of actors. It’s a great environment. And the character was something I was attracted to. It was just an interesting role.”

During the interview, Hoffman explained precisely why he finds the character of Heavensbee so intriguing, but it is best not to read his comments if you wish to avoid spoilers. Hoffman continued: “He’s somebody who’s part of the revolution, but you don’t know it. The idea that somebody would be risking themselves in such an extreme way to join something that’s that dangerous because he thinks it’s the future… that’s interesting stuff, you know?”

Hoffman also admitted that he had not read the Hunger Games books before signing on for the film. However, he is now making amends and is halfway through the second novel. He said: “It’s good. I’ve read the script, which is true to the book, [so] I kinda ruined it for myself. But I’m reading it anyway, because I really want to find out everything I need to know about this guy.”

Catching Fire, the second film in the Hunger Games series, is scheduled for release in November 2013. Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role as Katniss, while castmates Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have also been confirmed for the sequel. The first Hunger Games film was released in March and grossed more than $677 million (£432 million) at the worldwide box office.