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Jeffrey Wright Will Be Beetee (Manipulator Of Electricity) In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

by Tambay A. Obenson
September 7, 2012 1:37 PM
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Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright has been cast in the role of Beetee in the much-anticipated Hunger Games sequel, based on Suzanne Collins’ novel Catching Fire.

Who's Beetee? Courtesy of the Hunger Games wiki:

Hailing from District 3, Beetee was given the nickname "Volts" by the other victors of the years after his victory and his knowledge about manipulating electricity. Together with Wiress (his companion, who never left his side during the 75th Hunger Games), they were called "Nuts and Volts." He and Wiress got the trust of Katniss when they were training for the games. Wiress and Beetee were two of the many Tributes who were called upon by Haymitch to protect Katniss and Peeta no matter what in the arena, but they were also meant to be protected as a means to stop the Games forever.

To be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik,The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. 

It's scheduled for a November 22, 2013 release.

Wright will most likely be next seen in George Tillman Jr.'s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete.

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  • julij | September 16, 2012 7:35 PMReply

    WOW that's really good. I'm in no place to judge people who thought his character shouldn't be black. I really thought he was Asian, and I thought Seeder was white. Oh stereotypes, how easily to they creep into our minds.

  • Wanett | September 7, 2012 9:45 PMReply

    He will be excellent as this character! Which is a given as he is always excellent.

  • Cecily | September 7, 2012 7:47 PMReply

    I like this casting. I never figured Beetee African American (primarily because of the location of his district), but Wright makes just about everything better just by showing up. I'm wondering if this casting changes Natasha Greeves' mind about the points she made in her piece "The Hunger Games That Could've Been"?

  • Inda | September 7, 2012 3:22 PMReply

    I think he fits in to the HG well. Has the right look and talent. Looking forward to seeing the final additions to the cast! Here are some great imdb lists of potentials:
    anyone here look promising? The Catching Fire cast will be filled soon- then on to Mockingjay!

  • Geneva Girl | September 7, 2012 2:47 PMReply

    OMG!!!!! This is terrific news. It's even better that the fanboys are going to go crazy over this and not in a good way. Let the racist Tweets begin! I'll admit I had David Eigenberg (Miranda's husband in Sex and the City) in mind when I read the book, but Jeffrey Wright is BRILLIANT casting. Yipee!!!

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