Clean photo of Katniss and Finnick from EW’s magazine cover.
Entertainment Weekly is bringing us our first look at Catching Fire on the cover of their 2013 Preview issue.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the magazine this week because there are a ton more Catching Fire goodies inside! Leave a comment to let us know what you think! Was there something else you were hoping to see?
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
PopSugar managed to check in with him to chat a bit about both roles.
“I loved Finnick when I was reading the books. If they’d love to consider me, I’ll be there. Fan of the books… there’s so many great actors out there and it’s nice to open up a thing or read Twitter and someone says “You’re the only person I see for this role.” That’s really cool! So I’m so honored by that and I look forward to going through the process with this film.”
He’s talking about Finnick from 4:16.
The LA Times spoke with Nina Jacobson, one of the producers of the Hunger Games films, at the MTV Movie Awards and asked her about the many rumors surrounding Finnick casting.
According to E! News, other actors still up for the part include Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer. But a producer of the sequel says even those whispers are “so not true.”
“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” Nina Jacobson told us on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
But are the filmmakers taking fan input into account while seeking out their Finnick? Not entirely, says Jacobson.
“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand,” she said. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”