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Things continue to progress on Lionsgate's cinematic adaptation of the second 'Hunger Games' novel, 'Catching Fire.' Francis Lawrence's highly-anticipated film, as he takes over for Gary Ross, has already landed Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman as new head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Now it seems another well-established performer has been added to the roster. Amanda Plummer ('Pulp Fiction'), daughter of Oscar-winner and living legend Christopher Plummer, has just been cast as Wiress. Wiress, a former tribute and games winner from District 3, is called in to compete again during the Quarter Quell. She's a quiet, eccentric character who earns the nickname "Nuts" from her fellow tributes. However, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) recognizes her as a valuable ally. 'Catching Fire' is set to begin shooting in September to meet its November 22nd, 2013 theatrical release.
This is great news. I won't say I'm an expert on Amanda Plummer's entire catalog, but one of my favorite and most memorable cinematic moments of all time is hearing her screaming instructions to the patrons of the diner in 'Pulp Fiction.' That soundbite, that conversation, that performance effectively lights the fuse on Quentin Tarantino's unquestioned masterpiece. I also loved her in 'So I Married an Axe Murderer.' Those two performances alone should serve as evidence that Plummer is well-equipped to play a character known as "Nuts." I can't wait to see how she fits in with the world of the second story, the character description provides a taste, but without having read Suzanne Collins' books it's a bit difficult to line it all up. Here again, I turn to my trusted Spillios.
Is Plummer a good choice for Wiress? Without spoiling too much, how important is this character to 'Catching Fire?'