August 22nd, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Sam Claflin cast as Finnick in 'Catching Fire'

After plenty of speculation, Lionsgate has made Sam Claflin's casting in the upcoming "Hunger Games" film, "Catching Fire," official.

The "Snow White and the Huntsman" actor will portray the striking District 4 tribute Finnick Odair in the 2013 sequel to this year's blockbuster film.

Described as "charismatic and clever," Finnick is one of the victorious tributes sent back into the Games along with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).

"Catching Fire" is adapted from the second book in Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, and the plot centers around Katniss and Peeta embarking on a Victor's Tour before being sent to compete in the Games once again as part of its 75th anniversary.

Other tributes cast thus far include Meta Golding as District 2 tribute Enobaria; Alan Ritchson as District 1's Gloss; Jena Malone as District 7's Johanna; and Amanda Plummer as District 3's Wiress. Philip Seymour Hoffman is also on board as head gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.

Directed by Francis Lawrence, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" will arrive in theaters on November 22, 2013.

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  1. Twill

    omg im soooo excited! but i think someone else should play beete

    September 20, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimdandy

    Who the hell is Sam Claflin?

    August 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave From Canada

    No Latinos, or Asians or gays or North American Native Indians in this movie? Same old casting, as usual. Come on, let's give the other minorities a chance!

    August 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son

      Or… we can leave the characters as they were written. Don’t like it? Create your own bestselling novels turned silver screen block busters.

      August 27, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. he's cute but...

    i'm a meat and potatoes girl

    August 24, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sherry Stein

    Obama must stand up to evil Wall Street.

    August 24, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. Gabriel Berk

    I love Steak and Corn!

    August 24, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Eddie Munster

    i would like a bowl of eye of neut with urine juice

    August 24, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. Lee Evan Tabas

    We need a good convention to win the election!

    August 24, 2012 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  9. Blaine Caliazzo

    We might have lunch therere soon.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Michael Caliazzo

    I love the Pizza at Nucci's in downtown Princeton.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cindy Vortex

    Maybe not Finnick, but I think we have a lock on the lead for a live-action Jimmy Neutron.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. magnola bakery

    nah. rather have a cupcake at watch tv tonight.

    August 23, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tired

    grant it i am perfect for this part but said no for a particular reason.
    very tired going to bed early–

    August 23, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

    i hate blogging with a passion. i truly do.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. correction...NOT GOING TO REHEARSAL


    finnick is the most handsome man one has ever seen and will get the part. The Bell Boy phoned...
    jane never said she was NOT going to rehearsal.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. MrsFudd

    Are you serious?????????? This guy is NOTHING like the character Finnick described in the book. I was really looking forward to seeing "Catching Fire", but they have made some serious mis-castings in this movie so far. This guy better act his socks off in this part, or this movie is gonna crash and burn (ha – no pun intended but it works!).

    August 23, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  17. jane

    finnick is the most handsome man one has ever seen and will get the part. The Bell Boy phoned...
    jane never said she was going to rehearsal.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Not Impressed

    not even close to who should play finnick, thought finnick was handsome this guy is mediocre at best. Come on casting director get it right.

    August 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • angelosdaughter

      Having read the entire Hunger Games trilogy, I pictured Kevin Sorbo in his younger days for the part of Finnick Odair, but of course he's too old now.

      August 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JerLew

    the one you want a tx from never txes...the one who your not interested in txes or calls every 5 minutes..
    grant it we know i'm a glorious catch but this is ridiculous!

    August 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Jerlew

    the one you want a tx from never txes...the one who your not interested in txes or calls every 5 minutes..
    grant we know i'm a glorious catch but this is ridiculous!

    August 23, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. wazuri77

    NOT even close to finnick unless he grows 3-4 inches, develop green eyes, and is bronzed up! oh ya pack 20-30lbs of muscle!

    August 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Jack

    Hello folks. Everyone is cordially invited to visit –

    August 23, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  23. zz

    Tony Shaloub as Beetee? Now I gotta re-read catching fire. I guess I didn't have Monk in the brain when I read that then.

    August 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • angelosdaughter

      Tony Shaloub as Bee Tee has the physical presence I imagined when reading the book. I never could stand the series "Monk" and watched it only once, so I have no preconceptions.

      August 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. HG

    i saw him a couple of wks ago in ny having breakfast in a rest, he's is still very handsome.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  25. Hunter


    August 23, 2012 at 6:12 am | Report abuse |
  26. Adolf


    August 23, 2012 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  27. Adolf


    August 23, 2012 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |


    August 22, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Come on

    we have to stop keep lashing out at me and i trip .. it was a date he's not a boyfriend, he looked like a 45 yr old
    jerry lewis..he was fun but jerry lewis? nah. he text 2 times but not interested.

    truce, white flag, stop this hatred...peace/store.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Hunter

    why can't we call a big hug truce.

    August 22, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. .•|•.

    Did anyone see the Snow White & the Huntsman flick? I wanted to, but, never got around to it.

    August 22, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Danitra

    I hope it will be out soon soon soon !

    August 22, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |

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