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CATCHING FIRE casts Finnick Odair

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 11:26 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Lionsgate announced today that they have cast Finnick Odair for next years Catching Fire, the highly anticipated sequel to this year’s blockbuster The Hunger Games. Sam Chaflin has been cast as the popular tribute from District 4. Chaflin appeared in last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and this year’s Snow White and the Huntsman, but this will be his largest outing to date. This was the most highly anticipated Catching Fire casting, and the Internet is sure to melt at the news and devolve into a never ending flame war.

Claflin joins newcomers Tony Shalhoub, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen, Bruno Gunn, Alan Ritchson, E. Roger Mitchell, and Meta Golding along with returning stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, and Woody Harrelson. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens November 22, 2013.

Press Release: Lionsgate and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.

After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONES opposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.

Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.

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What do you think? Is this how you imagined Finnick? Let us know in the comments.

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    • Hillary

      He's too young and pretty. I can't believe that's a problem for me.

    • Laurie

      Finnick is my favorite character in a the books. I approve of this casting. I'm sure he'll look the part when the time comes.

    • Scott

      My favorite scene in Catching Fire was the revolt in District 11, but they showed that in The Hunger Games. So now my only hope is that Finnick will live up to the expectations in my mind.

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