The Hunger Games star admitted that he was "blown away" when he heard that Hoffman had been cast as Plutarch Heavensbee in the sequel.
"He's one of my favourite actors ever," Hutcherson told Access Hollywood. "Everything he does, he's the most epic guy.
"I'm just like 'You're doing our movie?' I was blown away when I heard about him."
Sam Claflin has reportedly been cast in the much-discussed role of Finnick Odair, while Jena Malone is in talks to play Johanna Mason and Amanda Plummer has also been cast.
Hutcherson will reprise his role as Peeta in the sequel, alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth.
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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be released on November 22, 2013.
Watch Hutcherson speaking to Digital Spy about The Hunger Games below: