Fans of The Hunger Games series got some exciting news today and heard the news they have been waiting for! Lionsgate made an official announcement this morning that Sam Claflin has indeed been cast as the coveted role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire.
Here is the official press release:
“Santa Monica, CA, August 22, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Claflin starred in the box office smash Snow White and The Huntsman playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming The Quiet Ones opposite Jarred Harris, and Mary & Martha, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.”
So all you Hunger Games fans out there – what do you think of this new casting choice?! Do you think Claflin is right for this role? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Once more, here is a recap of all of the new cast members the will be joining the franchise in Catching Fire:
- Jena Malone as Johanna Mason
- Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee
- Amanda Plummer as Wiress
- Lynn Cohen as Mags
- Meta Golding as Enobaria
- Bruno Gunn as Brutus
- Alan Ritchson as Gloss
- E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff
- Maria Howell as Seeder
- Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere
- Sam Claflin as Finnick Odair