The wait is finally over – reportedly, at least. After months and months of speculation (and our very own casting game for the role), Lionsgate has finally found their Finnick Odair for the film adaption of Catching Fire. Though the studio hasn’t confirmed it yet, it appears that the coveted role of District 4’s Finnick has gone to Sam Claflin, best known for his recent role as Prince William Charmant in Snow White and the Huntsman. Names such as Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Lucas Till had all been thrown into the mix for the fan-favorite character, but it seems British-born Claflin has come out on top. Well, maybe.
Sam’s character Finnick, a strong, confident, and popular competitor, won the 65th Hunger Games and proves to be great help to (SPOILER ALERT) Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) in the arena during the Quarter quell, the 75th Hunger Games.
Finnick isn’t the only Catching Fire tribute to have been cast; Lionsgate just announced that 55-year-old Amanda Plummer will play District 3 tribute Wiress in next year’s movie. Amanda is an Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress who is best known for her roles in the movies The Fisher King and Pulp Fiction and for her work in many Broadway plays. She’s even lent her voice to two episodes of Disney Channel’s Phineas and Ferb.
Amanda’s character Wiress is eccentric and strange – the other tributes nickname her Nuts – but she, along with her partner Beetee (who still hasn’t been cast), team up with Katniss, Finnick and their allies.
This news comes after the announcement that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee and that Jena Malone, who we recognize from Sucker Punch, will most likely play Katniss and Peeta’s rough and tough ally Johanna Mason.
Catching Fire doesn’t hit theaters until November 22, 2013 (ugh!) almost a year and a half away, but until then, fans can relive their favorite Hunger Games moments, plus three hours of never-before-seen footage, when it comes out on DVD on August 18.
Do you think Sam Claflin makes a good Finnick? How about Amanda as Wiress? Who should play all the other tributes in Catching Fire?