Sam Claflin Cast as Finnick Odair

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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33 Responses to "Sam Claflin Cast as Finnick Odair"

  1. Amy   July 21, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    “Nina Jacobson has allegedly confirmed-”
    We don’t know anything for SURE yet until Lionsgate confirms it, I refuse to believe it

    • Sea   July 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      I agree I’ll believe he is a finalist but not officially cast

  2. Ruth   July 21, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I’m quite happy with this choice!! In my opinion, better than Garrett or Armie…!

  3. Sara   July 20, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Okay all you need to stfu I love HG but seriously I’m sick of hearing fans say ” I think _______ _______ should be finnick” like seriously shut up you making people like me starting to hate it but I’m gonna love it now matter what the casting is it’s just a movie! Like it or not just shut up!!!! An then you get made when the pick someone you don’t like so shut up and wait till the movie comes out and we will see if it’s good or not -___-

    • Lizzie Bennet   July 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      I think James Gaisford should play Finnick 😛 Glad “people like you” are getting tired of casting suggestions because people like you never bring something fun or interesting to the discussions. I’d rather hear who everybody thinks should play the part even if they aren’t cast than “shut up comments”.

      Ï don’t hate this guy I still hate who plays Katniss, Peeta, and Cinna and still I´ll be there November 13th first row and when this guy appears I will shout: “Odair it is!” 😀

  4. Lord Voldemort (@voldiepwns)   July 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I am so happy with this pick! Eeeee!

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