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?