It seems that another round of “The Hunger Games” film casting has taken place, and a winner has been found victorious to play Finnick Odair, the handsome tribute from District 4.
In latest “Catching Fire” movie news, “Books and Review” has revealed this Wednesday that the film franchise based off the bestselling books by author Suzanne Collins has allegedly cast the part of character Finnick Odair. According to a recent post this week by “Zap2it,” British actor Sam Claflin has been officially offered the casting role to star in the hotly awaited sequel to the second novel in “The Hunger Games” trilogy.
Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games” film sequel?
While a variety of actors from Garrett Hedlund to Armie Hammer had been rumored to be top casting picks for the part of Finnick, Lionsgate Entertainment and the studio put these rumors to rest with another alleged choice this week. The movie series proved their actor-selecting skill with a perfectly cast Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the first film, after all.
“Zap2it” has revealed via their sources that Claflin has received the role, and “Catching Fire” film producer Nina Jacobson was “excited” to have him play Finnick Odair. At this point, neither Lionsgate Entertainment nor Sam Claflin’s public reps have made comment for the casting, but the same sources say he only has to accept the part now.
Finnick Odair is a previous winner and fellow tribute in the Third Quarter Quell (the special event of the 75th Annual Hunger Games) in the upcoming film. Along with Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, he is not only trying to stay alive in the deadly tournament, but help in the rebellion to fight against the dominating Capitol of Panem.
Claflin’s most recent big-name role was as the young love of Kristen Stewart in the popular film, “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He starred as William in the movie, and was also cast as Philip in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” alongside Johnny Depp.
Other “The Hunger Games” movie news, “Books and Review” reported this Tuesday that Amanda Plummer will play the part of Wiress, fellow District tribute alongside character Beetee. Phillip Seymour Hoffman has been confirmed to be cast as new Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, while Jena Malone has been cast as the part of tough girl Johanna Mason.
“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie is planned to start filming sometime late this summer or in the beginning of fall, will set U.S. theaters aflame in 2013 with a release date of November 22.
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Jennifer Lawrence Begins Training For ‘Catching Fire’
‘Hunger Games’ actress Jennifer Lawrence keeps up a fast pace as she jogs in Santa Monica, Ca. The actress was seen working out in Santa Monica at a terrific speed as she ran from the beach up to Ocean Blvd in LA.
‘HungerGames’ Actress Jennifer Lawrence Spills ‘CatchingFire’ Sequel Details
Hunger Games fans are in for a treat with the second film Catching Fire, says star Jennifer Lawrence. The actress, 21, spilled plenty of details about the sequel, which hits theaters November 2013.
“The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about,” she told the LA Times.
“I really like [director Francis Lawrence’s] take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross,” she added. “It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.”
Will the movie adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ series stray from the book?
The actress, who begins shooting “Catching Fire” in the fall, has met with the director and believes the movie is true to the book.
“He’s not trying to reinvent anything,” she said.
On the heels of speculative casting reports for male character Finnick Odair, now comes word Sucker Punch actress Jena Malone is under consideration for the role of Johanna Mason in the highly anticipated film, according to Entertainment Weekly. Malone, currently starring in the History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys, is best known for her role in the 2001 movie Donnie Darko, starring Jake Gyllenhaal.
The character Johanna is described in the book as a bad girl, with Katniss referring to her as having “a wicked ability to murder.”
Johanna hails from District 7 and is the last living female in her tribe. According to Suzanne Collins‘ bestselling book, the character is not what she seems — acting like a weakling when in reality she is quite sly.
Who do you think is right for the role? State your case in the comments.
‘HungerGames: Catching Fire’ Casting—Who Should PlayFinnick Odair?
Now that the first official casting announcement for Hunger Games: Catching Fire is out, it’s time to speculate on who else could be cast in the sure-to-be-blockbuster sequel.
Lionsgate confirmed Monday, July 9, that Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman signed on for the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games. Suckerpunch actress Jena Malone is also is expected to officially sign on the dotted line for the role of feisty tribute, Johanna Mason.
Though fans and critics alike are applauding the casting of at least one central character, many are still dying to know who will play Finnick Odair?
If you haven’t read Catching Fire or have no idea who Finnick Odair is, let Celebuzz break it down for you.
Finnick is a handsome young man from District 4 who won the 65th annual Hunger Games when he was only 14 years old, which makes him about 24 when Catching Fire takes place. He is extremely confident and has a reputation for being quite the ladies man, and mentions his lovers pay him in “secrets,” which is better explained in the third of Suzanne Collins‘ books, Mockingjay.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) meets Finnick when (spoiler alert!) they are pitted against one another in the Quarter Quell fight. The QQ is a tournament of sorts with 24 former victors battling against each other in celebration of the Hunger Games’ 75th anniversary.
Though Savages and Friday Night Lights hottie Taylor Kitsch was frequently mentioned in reports as a potential casting choice for the role, the 31-year-old actor told Celebuzz he definitely would not take on the complicated part of Finnick in the film, due in theaters on November 22, 2013.
Other actors who have reportedly been in talks include The Social Network star Armie Hammer, as well as Weeds‘ Hunter Parrish — who almost snagged the role of Peeta in the first film — but the actor who seems to be most likely to play Finnick is TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund.
Though it’s not official until Lionsgate says so.