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Sam Claflin, Melissa Leo and Tony Shalhoub Join 'Catching Fire'?

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UPDATEVariety now reports that Melissa Leo is not getting the part of Mags for "Catching Fire," even though she was on the studio's "shortlist" for the role.

Also, while Sam Claflin is reportedly the "choice" to play Finnick Odair, the status of his involvement is reportedly still "nearing an offer."


Incoming parachutes everywhere! The latest "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" announcement goody is one we've been waiting a long, long time for.

He's been a missionary in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" and a prince for "Snow White and the Huntsman" and now breakout British heartthrob Sam Claflin will be suiting up (er, down ... to his skivvies) for the role of District 4's oh-so-dreamy tribute Finnick Odair in "Catching Fire," reports Variety.

Yep, Claflin's nabbed the role which has had tongues wagging for years, beating out the likes of Lucas Till, Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund and Trevor Donovan for the coveted part. Maybe he's just got a way with tridents and skin-suits.

Variety also reports that Oscar winner Melissa Leo is the prime target for Finnick's fellow tribute Mags — who is more elderly than Leo, 51, in the book — while Tony Shalhoub ("Monk") is the front-runner for District 3's resourceful Beetee.

The three join a growing list of new "Hunger Games" sequel additions, including Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee and Amanda Plummer as District 3 tribute Wiress. Jena Malone is also rumored to be playing Johanna Mason, the second-most prominent new character for the second installment behind Finnick.

Still yet to be cast for "Catching Fire" are the smaller characters Brutus, Enobaria, Chaff, Gloss, Cashmere and a few other tributes, but with this announcement, the central new figures for the second "Hunger Games" installment are all lined up!

"Catching Fire" hits theaters on Nov. 22, 2013.

For the comments: Whaddya make of the decision to cast Sam Claflin for the role of Finnick? Bulls-eye hit or way off the mark? What about Melissa Leo as Mags and Tony Shalhoub as Beetee?

(Originally published on July 17, 2012, at 5:18 p.m. ET)

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