“Catching Fire” officially casts Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair Do you think Claflin will play a good Finnick?
Photo: Sam Claflin in "Snow White and the Huntsman," courtesy Universal Pictures
He'll play the District 4 Hunger Games victor.
At long last, one of the biggest new roles in “Catching Fire” has been filled. It was reported a month ago
that “Snow White and the Huntsman” star Sam Claflin was in talks for
the part of Finnick Odair in “The Hunger Games” sequel, and today
Lionsgate has finally confirmed his involvement.
Finnick is one of the most important characters to be introduced in
“Catching Fire” and continues to play a significant part of
“Mockingjay,” which will be split into two films. The character won the
Hunger Games at age 14 for District 4, and is called in again to fight
in the Quarter Quell alongside Katniss Everdeen. He and the “Hunger
Games” heroine become quick allies, and he becomes one of the story’s
central characters going through the rest of the series.
This is some big news for Claflin, who has landed other supporting
roles in major franchises as well. He’s best known as Phillip, or That
Guy Who Sort Of Replaced Orlando Bloom, in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On
Stranger Tides,” and as William, or That Guy Who’s Not Chris Hemsworth,
in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” Hopefully Claflin will have a chance
to shine as Finnick, though he will have Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta and
Liam Hemsworth’s Gale to compete against for screentime.
With this Finnick casting, the new actors needed for “Catching Fire”
seem to have mostly been brought on board. As a quick recap, here’s
everyone new who’s been cast in “Catching Fire” so far: Philip Seymour
Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Jena Malone as Joahanna Mason, Amanda
Plummer as Wiress, Lynn Cohen as Mags, Meta Golding as Enobaria, Bruno
Gunn as Brutus, Alan Ritchson as Gloss and Patrick St. Esprit as Romulus
Thread. We’re still waiting to find out if Tony Shalhoub will play Beetee.
“Catching Fire” is due in theaters on November 22, 2013.
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