We hate to use the term “it’s official” often, but we’re willing to make an exception today because… it is official – Sam Claflin (AKA the guy who’s been “reportedly cast” in the role of Catching Fire‘s Finnick Odair for the last month) is finally confirmed for the Hunger Games sequel.
Though names like Alex Pettyfer and Chace Crawford were tossed around during our Survival of the Finnicks game (in which Chace came out the champion) and Glee bad boy Grant Gustin admitted to auditioning for the coveted part, the Snow White and the Huntsman actor’s been a front-runner since the beginning, and was just dubbed the District 4 victor today. Makes perfect sense, considering he’s described as being “extremely handsome… tall, muscular, and athletic… bronze-colored hair, and ‘incredible’ sea green eyes, making him very popular in the Capitol.” The only thing missing is the tan skin, but we’re sure he’ll do just fine without that minor detail. (After all, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth did pretty well without completely matching their characters‘ descriptions.)
With Finnick casting now out of the way, the main tribute left is Beetee, the man who will play alongside Amanda Plummer’s Wiress. Other recent additions to the movie include Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere), Maria Howell (Seeder), E. Roger Mitchell (Chaff), and Alan Ritchson (Gloss). (You can see all of them here.)
To get your fill of Sam before next year’s Catching Fire release (or before SWATH goes on DVD), watch what happened during our interview with him — in London!