Back in May we learned that auditions for the forthcoming sequel film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had begun and at the time 3 high profile actors were said to be in the running for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair. It is now mid-July and, according to reports, none of those actors have secured the role … but we are hearing that a different actor has been offered the role. Sam Claflin, the British actor who played the minor role of William in Snow White and the Huntsman, has reportedly been offered the role of Finnick Odair … all he has to do, the report claims, is say yes.
Sources tell Zap2it exclusively that the most coveted role in “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” has been cast — and British actor Sam Claflin has got the gig. Official reps for the film won’t comment on the casting, but our reliable sources reveal that producer Nina Jacobson and Lionsgate have signed off on Claflin’s offer. Now he just has to accept the role! Claflin beat out actors like Jennifer Lawrence’s “X-Men: The First Class” costar Lucas Till and “90210″ hunk Trevor Donovan for the role — as well as more recognizable names, like Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund.
Honestly, I found Claflin forgettable in Snow White and the Huntsman but mainly because the role he played was so trivial. He definitely has the look to portray Finnick Odair. I find this report of his possible casting very believable … he’s a good-looking enough guy who has worked in big budget films and isn’t well known enough to demand a huge fee. He strikes me as the kind of actor that a movie studio would go with for a big role that they don’t want to pay too much for. At this point, nothing has been officially confirmed but I won’t be at all surprised if we soon get confirmation that Sam will play Finnick. What do y’all think? Does Sam Claflin looks/sound like the right man to bring Finnick Odair to life on the big screen?