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IN THE WORKS: Lionsgate adds 'Catching Fire' Cast, Seeks New Director for 'Mockingjay'; Depp Joins Anderson; Radcliffe & Kazan Say Yes to 'F Word'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson & Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 17, 2012 at 1:44PM

Amanda Plummer ("Pulp Fiction," "The Fisher King") is signing on to play Wiress in "Catching Fire." This follows the announcement of Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Jena Malone as Johanna in "The Hunger Games" sequel with Jennifer Lawrence and new director Francis Lawrence. Lionsgate is rushing the film to shoot this fall for a November 22, 2013 release.

Fingers crossed that this pairing brings out the best of Depp ("Benny & Joon") rather than his recent tired commercial endeavors (see our Depp Career Watch). The early footage of Depp as Tonto in Disney's already over-budget "The Lone Ranger" did not wow the hordes in Hall H at Comic-Con.

"Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe will star in his first romantic comedy with Zoe Kazan ("Ruby Sparks"). "The F Word," scripted by Elan Mastai and included in the 2008 Black List, will be directed by Michael Dowse ("Goon"). The story follows Radcliffe as he tries to be the first male to successfully have a platonic relationship with a girl he likes, only to discover she's already in a relationship. The "F" in the title is for "friend." The script is based on the play "Toothpaste and Cigars," written by T.J. Dawe and Michael Rinaldi.

"Goon" producers David Gross and Jesse Shapira ("No Trace Camping") will produce with Marc Stephenson and Hartley Gorenstein. The film shoots in Toronto this August.

Fox Searchlight opens Kazan's "Ruby Sparks" on July 25.

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, The Hunger Games, Franchises, Indies, Zoe Kazan, Daniel Radcliffe

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.