Jeffrey Wright Cast as Beetee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
About the Character of Beetee in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:
Hailing from District 3, Beetee earns the nickname “Volts” because of his electronics expertise.
About Jeffrey Wright:
Critically acclaimed actor Jeffrey Wright has continually pushed at the boundaries of his craft with inspired performances over a celebrated career spanning the worlds of theatre, film and television. Wright can next be seen with Mark Walhberg, Russell Crowe and Katherine Zeta-Jones in Allen Hughes’ political thriller BROKEN CITY, which will be released by FOX on January 18, 2013. Most recently, Wright completed work on Jim Jarmusch’s independent film ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, and earlier in 2012, he completed filming on two additional independents – A SINGLE SHOT, directed by David Rosenthal, and THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER AND PETE, directed by George Tilman. Wright garnered a Tony® Award in 1994 for his work in Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic “Angels in America” and reprised his “Angels” role in HBO’s 2003 mini-series adaptation of the play, earning both a Golden Globe® and an Emmy® for his groundbreaking performance. His brilliant portrayal of the renowned and controversial graffiti artist, Jean Michel Basquiat, in the 1996 film BASQUIAT, received widespread praise from critics and earned him an Independent Spirit Award® nomination. On the other end of the spectrum, Wright has taken on roles in 2011’s SOURCE CODE and the 2006 and 2008 James Bond films, CASINO ROYALE and QUANTUM OF SOLACE; and also in 2008, starred as Muddy Waters in CADILLAC RECORDS and as Colin Powell in Oliver Stone’s W. In 2005, he co-starred in the award-winning film SYRIANA, and his other credits include Jonathan Demme’s remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE; Jim Jarmusch’s BROKEN FLOWERS, earning another Independent Spirit Award® nomination; Ang Lee’s RIDE WITH THE DEVIL, and SHAFT. For his portrayal of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in HBO’s BOYCOTT, he received a 2001 AFI award. Wright, a gifted theater actor, earned an Obie award and a Tony nomination for his work in Susan-Lori Parks’ 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning play “TOPDOG/UNDERDOG,” which was directed by George C. Wolfe.
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