It seems like we’ve been waiting on this news forever now and I think most people have assumed by now that the rumors are true. Well, Lionsgate has officially announced that Sam Claflin is indeed our Finnick Odair! See the official press release below. What do you think? Does Sam live up to your expectations?
SAM CLAFLIN CAST AS FINNICK IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
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. Continue reading
The 74th Hunger Games are about to get underway in Chapter 13 of ‘The Hunger Games Adventures‘ game on Facebook. You can help Peeta, Katniss and their team through the interviews, Peeta’s “shocking” revelation and prepare the tributes to enter the arena.
Who’s excited for the games to begin? Head over to Facebook to continue your adventure!
In the lead up to the release of The Hunger Games DVD, Willow Shields, who played Primrose Everdeen has had a chat to style site She Knows.
They chat about fashion, the release of the movie as well as working on Catching Fire.
Here’s some of what Willow had to say including what’s next for Prim in The Hunger Games sequel:
SheKnows: This was such an amazing breakout role for you. Looking back on the experience, what was your favorite part of working on The Hunger Games?
Shields: My favorite memory was probably just hanging out with Jennifer [Lawrence] and acting with her because one minute we were really serious and crying in one scene and then the next minute we’d be laughing and playing jokes on each other.
SheKnows: The Hunger Games on DVD comes out this weekend, and we’re super excited! Can you tell us what’s next for your character in the next movie, Catching Fire? [SPOILER ALERT!] Continue reading
Today’s casting announcement is for our District 1 Victor, Cashmere will be played by Stephanie Leigh Schlund in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Welcome to The Hunger Games family Stephanie! Check out the press release below:
Santa Monica, CA, August 14, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Stephanie Leigh Schlund has been cast in the role of Cashmere in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A former Career tribute from District 1, Cashmere and her brother Gloss are both competing in the Quarter Quell.
Stephanie Leigh Schlund is an Atlanta, Georgia based actress who has appeared in television series including Drop Dead Diva, and films including “The Last Song”. She can next be seen in the upcoming Fox series The Following, premiering this Fall.
Tell us, is this how you imagined Cashmere?
On a conference call with analysts, Lionsgate revealed that they plan to shoot Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2 back-to-back, meaning one director will helm both films (and it’s believed Lionsgate is already searching for the director).
Although no director has been selected for the two planned films to be adapted from “Mockingjay,” the third book in the “Hunger Games” trilogy, Wachsberger said that the two movies, to be released in November 2014 and 2015, will be shot together.
Because of that, Wachsberger said, “we expect the average budget [for the ‘Mockingjay’ movies] to be slightly lower than ‘Catching Fire.’” And with lower costs, he added, “profitability should come up with the final two installments.”
You can read the full article at the Los Angeles Times, which includes details about Catching Fire not being expected to make as much money for Lionsgate as The Hunger Games did simply because the production costs will be higher (though they didn’t specific the budget for the sequel).
Filming back-to-back will help cut down on budget costs, ensure consistency and continuity between the final films, help them meet their release dates, and free up the actors’ time to work on other projects.
E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff
Congratulations to E. Roger Mitchell, who has been cast as our Chaff in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire‘!
Chaff is the victor of the 45th Hunger Games, coming from District 11. You can read more about Mitchell at the official casting page here. Also, you can read the press release below:
Santa Monica, CA, August 10, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that E. Roger Mitchell has been cast in the role of Chaff in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. A tribute from District 11, Chaff won the 45th Annual Hunger Games and will compete in the Quarter Quell.
E. Roger Mitchell is an Atlanta based actor with decades of experience on the stage. His small and big screen roles have included “Battle: Los Angeles”, The Shield, One Tree Hill, and Tyler Perry projects including “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman”, “Daddy’s Little Girls”, and House Of Payne.
Catching Fire hasn’t even begun filming, but for fans in the UK and Ireland, there is already an opportunity to win tickets to the world premiere of the film (likely to be held in Los Angeles)! Plus, the chance to be one of 100 fans to watch the “unseen version” of The Hunger Games (though we have no idea what that means!). Here’s the competition from Digital Spy:
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Hunger Games, out on September 3, 2012, Digital Spy is giving you the chance to attend an exclusive screening of the ‘unseen version’ of the film at London’s O2 Arena.
In addition to tickets to the screening itself, in true Hunger Games style we’ll be selecting 12 Tributes from our pool of winners. These 12 tributes will venture onto the Arena roof, where their names will be entered into a select ‘reaping’ bowl. One lucky tribute will win a pair of tickets to the world premiere of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The contest ends on August 23, 2012, and entrants must be at least 15 year old and be available to travel to the O2 Arena in London on August 30 at 8 PM (they’ll choose the winner for the premiere tickets before the screening event). You must be a resident of the UK or the Republic of Ireland to enter. Read the full terms and conditions for additional details.
Head over to Digital Spy’s website to fill out the form to enter!