By Danielle Mason
It’s finally the moment that Tributes worldwide have been waiting for since the first installment in the Hunger Games trilogy was released.
Film producer Nina Jacobson has allegedly confirmed that the role of Finnick Odair has been cast. So who is the lucky guy? Drum roll please… Finnick Odair is Sam Claflin!
Yes, Sam Claflin, the twenty-six-year-old British actor is officially playing the handsome and charismatic Finnick Odair in the next installment of Suzanne Collins’s best selling trilogy. Claflin is probably most recognizable from his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman. He also had recurring roles on TV’s White Heat and the miniseries The Pillars of the Earth.
In Collins’s novel Catching Fire, Finnick Odair is a previous winner of the Hunger Games who finds himself back in the arena during the Third Quarter Quell, the special event held during the 75th annual Hunger Games. He fights alongside Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark in the arena and becomes a key player in the rebels’ attempt to bring down the Capitol.
So the question is can Sam Claflin be a key player in the success of the Catching Fire movie? The casting of Claflin seemed to come out of left field as recent news indicated that the choice had come down to Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund.
The selection of Sam Claflin isn’t a bad choice though. Claflin had solid performances in both Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman. He should be nothing less than excellent alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in Catching Fire if his past performances are any indication. But only time will tell.
Filming for Catching Fire is scheduled to begin late summer or early fall. The movie is set for a release date of November 22, 2013.
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