It’s Official! Sam Claflin Will Play Finnick Odair In ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’


Last month we learned that British actor Sam Claflin was in the running for the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the forthcoming sequel film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Today we learn that Sammy boy has officially won the role and WILL be playing Finnick in the film. As you may know, Claflin was featured in this year’s Snow White and the Huntsman (along side Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders) but as Finnick, he will have a much larger role in Catching Fire. Click below to learn more about his casting and read about the role of Finnick Odair in the film.

Ending weeks of speculation, Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) has officially been cast as the dashing former Hunger Games champion Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Lionsgate announced today. The British-born Claflin, 24, had been the front-runner for the coveted role since mid-July. Of all the new characters in Catching Fire, Finnick looms largest. After he won his Hunger Games for District 4 when he was 14 thanks to his prowess with a trident, Finnick’s rakish good looks and louche charm helped him become something of a celebrity in the Capitol. (MILD SPOILERS AHEAD!) Along with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson), the 24-year-old Finnick is among the previous champions forced to return to the arena for the 75th annual Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell. Katniss is initially wary of him — in Suzanne Collins’ bestseller, when they first meet, Finnick is wearing nothing but a fishing net with some strategically placed knots. But along with his former mentor Mags (Lynn Cohen), Finnick proves to be a powerful ally once they get to the arena. The role marks yet another remarkable step forward in the lightning-fast rise of Claflin’s career. He first appeared in a supporting role in the Starz miniseries The Pillars of the Earth. In 2011, he starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides as the young romantic lead (i.e. the Orlando Bloom role). And earlier this summer, Claflin vied for Kristen Stewart’s affections in Snow White and the Huntsman. He joins Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, and Amanda Plummer as one of the main new additions to the Hunger Games franchise. Director Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is due to begin shooting this fall, and the film is set to arrive in theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

I, for one, am totally on board with this casting. I think Sam Claflin has both the acting ability and the look to bring Finnick Odair to life on the big screen. Those of you who have read the books know that Finnick spends a lot of his time competing in The Hunger Games wearing very little clothing. My hope is that the film version of his costume will match the original book version of his costume. Tee Hee. Now that Finnick has been cast, I believe that all of the major characters of Catching Fire have been selected. Filming will begin soon on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which is VERY exciting, I think. I am really, REALLY looking forward to seeing the events of Catching Fire come to life on the big screen next year. So what do y’all think … are you cool with Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair?


  • Meghan

    I like this casting. He has ruggish good looks and you need someone who can act in this particular role. Finnick is quite a mess by book 3, you need somone with range.

    • Pacol

      Im totally with you! I penlarosly would LOVE for Garrett Hedlund to be finnick, but i kno whe’s not the only one auditioning so im trying to keep an open mind. Frankly, this guy just ISNT Finnick Odair. Not to be insulting, but this guy is too ugly to be Finnick. We all got an image of Finnick in our heads when we read the books, and we all expect him to be BEYOND gorgeous. Someone tell me, does THIS guy look the part? I hope and pray that this is a rumor or that it’s true and he turns down the role.

  • blaqfury

    Although I saw both Snow White & Pirates, I don’t remember him. Finnick is my favoritest secondary character. I hope he does some serious justice. I hope his is more memorable in the next two installments of the Hunger Games than he was in his previous movies.

    • @blaqfury — Sam played the prince who grew up with Snow White.

  • Scott

    “along side Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders”

    Perhaps you meant Kristen Stuart and Chris Hemsworth?

    Unless you are just taking a dig at Kristens affair with the director, Rupert Sanders

    • @Scott — No, it wasn’t a dig … it was a link to the story of their affair.

  • katie

    I’m excited. His dimples are killer! He also has that kind of hair that looks like he might have just popped out of the ocean after a swim. I saw a couple interviews he did and he has cheeky quality to his personality that I think will be fantastic for Finnick. I can just see him asking Katniss if she wants some sugar cubes ;).

  • nicole

    at first i was like ‘hmmm i dont know’ but the more i stare at the picture..the more my mind changed and now i think hes a good fit.

  • Krissy

    I haven’t seen any of this other work, but since the casting of these films has focused on quality of acting, I trust this is a good choice. I just can’t believe we have to wait so long to see the next film!

  • Katelin

    I think he’s a great pick for Finnick, totally agree when his name was just an idea. I cannot wait for Catching Fire!

  • Joan

    I love it! Loved both Johanna’s and Finnick’s castings. Yes!

  • Courtney

    Eww he is so ugly it hurts I want joey grafceffa!!!!!!

  • Choi

    *OH! YES, YES, YES!* I love him as an actor, I love Pirates & Snow White and he was *AWESOME!* And had anyone here acltulay seen him in Pirates??? Did anyone see how buff he was??? And you say he can’t be Finnick???? Are you nuts??? Sure, he needs to dye his hair blond and get blue-green eye contacts, but hey! Josh has to do the same thing! Give him a chance! OH PLEASE LET THIS BE MORE THAN A RUMOR!!!!!

  • Deanna Hayes

    Sam will more than come through, he has made Finnick my new favorite Hunger Games character since Gale Hawthorne whose been played by the sexiest of the three Hemmingworth brothers, Liam!