Catching Fire: Jeffrey Wright Cast As Beetee In Hunger Games Sequel

The Capitol has chosen another tribute for the "Hunger Games" arena.

Jeffrey Wright has been cast as Beetee in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," Lionsgate announced on Friday.

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While former "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub had been previously considered for the role, Wright -- whose performance in HBO's "Angels in America" earned him both an Emmy and a Golden Globe award in 2004 -- will play the technologically-gifted former victor from District 3, nicknamed "Volts" for his expertise with electronics.

Wright joins a slew of new actors added to the second installment of the big screen adaption of the Suzanne Collins' bestsellers, including Sam Claflin as resident tribute hunk Finnick Odair, Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as tribute Johanna Mason, Lynn Cohen as tribute Mags and Amanda Plummer as tribute Wiress (nicknamed "Nuts" by fellow tributes).

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"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, begins shooting in the fall and is slated to hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

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