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Finnick Odair, the dreamiest tribute in Panem, has finally been found, but only after a lengthy search that spanned countless A-list actors and virtual unknowns alike. "Snow White and the Huntsman" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" actor Sam Claflin will star as the trident-wielding Finnick in Francis Lawrence's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," but once upon a time, there was a very different man in the running for the role: "Tron Legacy" star Garrett Hedlund.
Hedlund confirmed his near miss with "Catching Fire" during a recent interview with MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he was promoting "On The Road," yet another hotly awaited novel adaptation.
"They did [approach me]," Hedlund admitted to MTV about almost playing Finnick in the upcoming "Hunger Games" sequel. "But I was working on this film at the time. We shot the whole film in 23 days and I was really immersed in it. I couldn't get around [to reading the 'Hunger Games' novels]."
Read what else he had to say at MTV.com.
While Tony Shalhoub was originally rumored for the part, Lionsgate has announced today that it'll be Jeffrey Wright who portrays District 3's oh-so-intelligent tribute Beetee for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"!
Wright - whose recent film credits include "Quantum of Solace," "Source Code," "The Ides of March," and "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - will star in the film opposite Amanda Plummer, who portrays his district counterpart Wiress. The duo garner the nicknames Nuts and Volts for their quirky behaviors, and Beetee comes through with a big hand in the electric events of the Third Quarter Quell in the story. Get More »
During production for "The Hunger Games" in North Carolina, we tributes got to watch from afar as certain portions of filming were spotted by photographers — like Effie Trinket (Elizabeth Banks) traipsing around the Shelby set of the reaping scene and Capitol extras wandering around outside in costume — and it totally amped up our anticipation level for the movie.
Now movie two of the franchise, "Catching Fire", is set to begin filming very shortly, with some of the cast migrating one-by-one down south and potential signs of pre-production already spotted outside of the Georgia Dome. As with the first film, the story includes a lot of outdoor scenes, and, at this point, the world is watching and waiting for this project to come into view, so we predict we'll get to see a little filming action underway for this installment too.
We think these five scenes stand a good chance of being scoped out, and here's why. Be warned, spoilers abound! Get More »
Finnick Odair is that beautiful District 4 victor who has the Capitol's citizens in his pocket. He won the 65th Annual Hunger Games at just fourteen years old and was sent back into the Games in the Third Quarter Quell to compete with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and others. He - unbeknownst to some of his allies - plays a major part in carrying out the revolutionaries' big plan.
Finnick's an excellent swimmer, and his weapon of choice is the trident. Also, erm, he prefers to wear barely-there ensembles, which totally makes the ladies swoon, save Katniss, so prepare to see some serious ab action from Claflin in the film. Get More »
If we can say nothing else in support of the hoity-toity District 1, we'll say this: It puts some pretty young ladies into the Arena.
We gotta admit, we were almost looking forward to Monday over the weekend for the sheer probability of getting a new "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" casting announcement today, and voila! Here it is!
Lionsgate has announced that Maria Howell ("The Blind Side," "What to Expect When You're Expecting") will portray District 11's female victor-slash-tribute for the Third Quarter Quell, Seeder.
Another day, another "Catching Fire" casting parachute!
This time, it's Chaff, that lovable District 11 tribute who's totally BFFs with Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson)!
Lionsgate has announced that E. Roger Mitchell ("SWAT," "The Crazies," "Flight") will portray Chaff for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and the physical description is spot-on with this one. Like the character, Mitchell is tall, dark and friendly-looking. The only discernible difference between them is, well, Mitchell has two hands (a little CGI will do the trick on that one). Get More »
We are really eating up these near-daily casting updates coming from the Capitol right now.
The latest tribute addition to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is "Blue Mountain State" star Alan Ritchson, who'll portray District 1's fierce male victor Gloss... Don't mind us while we pick up our jaws off the floor. Are we sure he's not Finnick Odair? Yes? Okay.
Taking a look at his resume, you guessed it: In addition to being a long-time TV actor
Hotson Ritchson also has experience modelling. You might've seen his muscles face before on shows like "Smallville" or "90210" (and you might've heard his, er, vocal stylings on "American Idol") but we have a feeling the casting agents'll be calling him up a lot more after "Hunger Games" fans get a hold of this news. Get More »
The supporting cast roster for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is really starting to fill out. The latest news parachute to descend upon is this: Bruno Gunn will portray District 2's buff and rather unfriendly he-tribute Brutus.
As a refresher, Brutus is a strong and skillful career tribute who volunteers to step back into the ring for the Third Quarter Quell after it is announced that former victors will fill out the competitor pool for the 75th Annual Hunger Games. He is joined by Enobaria, the other rough and ready District 2 volunteer which has just been cast (Meta Golding will portray the character). Get More »
When you think of Hollywood blockbusters and A-list movie stars, dental hygiene is probably not the first thing that springs to mind. But that is about to change, as Liongate has revealed in a new press release that they have cast up-and-coming actress Meta Golding as Enobaria in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Now that's a role Golding can really sink her teeth into.
Quick refresher for those who have read Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy, and major spoilers for those who haven't: In "Catching Fire," Enobaria is one of the previous winners of the Hunger Games who is recruited for a return trip to the arena for the 75th, all-star edition of the fight to the death. Taking an instant dislike to Katniss Everdeen, Enobaria is perhaps the creepiest and most sinister tribute of all thanks to her razor sharp, gold-tipped teeth — which she uses to tear out people's throats. Get More »