With the flurry of casting rumor surrounding Finnick Odair in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, Taylor Kitsch spoke with the LA Times to nip his rumor in the bud. The star says he will not be playing the beloved victor in the coming movie.
Finnick Odair, described by author Suzanne Collins as an Adonis-like womanizer, first appears in “Catching Fire” and has a complex relationship with heroine Katniss Everdeen. So admirers of the series were thrown into a tizzy this week when E! News reported that filmmakers had narrowed down the casting to three heartthrobs: Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund.
But you can knock one of those dreamboats off the list, because Kitsch says he won’t be joining the cast of the mega-successful film series.
“Not going to happen,” the 31-year-old actor wrote in an email on Wednesday. Kitsch, who is coming off the poor box office performance of the big-budget films “John Carter” and “Battleship,” would seem to have fit the bill for the athletic, good-looking character.
There have many actresses considered by fans for the role of the intense Johanna Mason in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘. Among them is ‘Glee’ star Dianna Agron, who Clevver TV considers for the potential casting in this episode. Check out the video above!
Yesterday E! Online reported that Finnick Odair casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was down to the final three. Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garret Hedlund have been rumored to be the “finalists” for the role.
However, Zap2It is saying this is false. According to them many actors are still in the running for the role, and final decisions are far from being made.
E! Online reports that Kitsch, Hammer and Hedlund are the names Lionsgate wants, but Zap2it’s source says nobody’s in the lead just yet considering talks only began on Tuesday (May 29). Actors are still reading for the role, and the studio is strongly considering bringing in an unknown to avoid ego clashes on set. It’s easy to understand the mix-up — someone probably got their hands on the confidential memo going around that reveals the three men are currently on the shortlist of dudes we’d love to marry in a fantasy dream world. (Honestly, any list with those three guys on it is a win-win-win situation.)
The scenes the actors are reportedly reading for the role include the sugar cube scene where Finnick first meets Katniss and the scene where he hears Annie’s scream.
We’re still confident whomever Lionsgate chooses for the role will be great, we’ll be keeping our eye out for any official word!
Hammer will next be seen playing the title role in the Lone Ranger flick opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. Tron Legacy‘s Hedlund was also a big Cannes Film Festival headline with the premiere of On The Road with Kristen Stewart and Kirsten Dunst while Kitsch can currently be seen in Battleship.
Reps for the three did not comment.
A Lionsgate rep said, “As with the first film, we won’t be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”
We have another nomination to be added to the list ‘The Hunger Games‘ is racking in for the MTV Movie Awards, making it the movie with the most nominations!
It was announced today that our heroine, Katniss Everdeen, has been nominated for the Best Hero award in the MMA’s first ever Social Voting category. Here’s what that means:
Fans of onscreen heroics should get their fingertips ready to tear up Twitter because that’s where they’ll be voting for their favorite onscreen do-gooder in the new category of Best Hero for the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
Beginning Tuesday (May 29) and right on through to the live show on June 3, fans can vote and track the nominees for Best Hero, presented by Sprint, via Twitter using hashtags associated with the nominees. Is your favorite hero a contender?
Here are the nominees:
Harry Potter, “Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (#votepotter)
Katniss Everdeen, “The Hunger Games” (#votekatniss)
Thor, “Thor” (#votethor)
Captain America, “Captain America” (#votecaptain)
Jenko, “21 Jump Street” (#votejenko)
You can vote starting Today up until the live show, which airs June 3rd at 9 PM ET. And don’t forget to vote for ‘The Hunger Games‘ in their other 8 categories!
Robert Pattinson woke up Saturday morning at the Cannes Film Festival, the morning after his triumphant premiere in Cosmopolis, and saw internet reports that he was being considered for Catching Fire, the sequel to the The Hunger Games.
“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson tells USA TODAY. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.”
“My agent was like, ‘No,’ ” Pattinson reports.
“(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part,” Pattinson says, breaking into a laugh. “I was like, thanks for the reassurance.”
Looks as if Robert Pattinson may not be offered the role as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But remember NOTHING is final yet. We will deliver the official casting news as soon as it is released. We are just as excited to hear it as you are. Hopefully it is released soon.
The Hunger Games DVD and Blu-Ray is available for pre-order starting today (with a release date of August 18th), and Walmart is launching a contest for one fan to win a trip to the Los Angeles premiere of Catching Fire.
To enter, just preorder the DVD at Walmart.com, and within 72 hours, you’ll receive a promotional code and sweepstakes entry instructions.The contest is open to U.S. residents, ages13 or older at time of entry, and ends August 26th, 2012.
Here are the details on how to enter without pre-ordering the DVD:
To enter the Promotion by mail, without the submission of a Code, entrant must hand print first and last name, street address, city, state, code, daytime telephone number, date of birth and (if applicable) email address on a postcard and mail to “Catching Fire Premiere Sweepstakes,” PO Box 6041, Sherman Oaks, CA 91413 (each a “Mail-in Entry” and collectively the “Mail-in Entries”). All Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by August 27, 2012 and received by September 1, 2012.
Although Lionsgate has been referring to the second movie in The Hunger Games franchise simply by its book name – Catching Fire – it looks like they’re now renaming it slightly to ensure that movie-goers know it’s the sequel to The Hunger Games. According to ComingSoon.net:
Lionsgate has announced a minor title change for the second part of their blockbuster franchise. Formerly titled Catching Fire, the Francis Lawrence-directed sequel to this year’s The Hunger Games will now be called The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
This make sense in following suit with The Twilight Saga, but we have to admit we kind of liked it better as just Catching Fire (rolled off the tongue a bit easier). :) Do you have a preference on the name of the movie?