'Snow White and the Huntsman' actor lands the pivotal role of District 4's dreamiest Hunger Games winner.
By Josh Wigler
Finnick fans, the wait is over: District 4's dreamiest champion has finally been found.
Lionsgate has confirmed that "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" actor Sam Claflin has been cast in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the pivotal role of Finnick Odair. For the uninitiated, Finnick won the 65th annual Hunger Games at the tender age of 14, and is best known for his proficiency with a trident, his skills as a swimmer, and his irresistible charm and good looks. A welcome addition to the world of Panem indeed!
It was a long search to find the right actor to play Finnick, with several recognizable faces previously mentioned for the part, including "John Carter" and "Friday Night Lights" actor Taylor Kitsch at one point. For his part, Claflin had been rumored as the lead contender for the role since early August; as of today, he's officially swimming away with one of the most coveted parts in Hollywood.
Claflin's "Catching Fire" casting is just the latest in a string of high-profile roles for the young actor. In 2011, he appeared opposite Johnny Depp in the fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" adventure as a young preacher who falls head over heels for a mermaid. The actor also starred alongside Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in this year's "Snow White and the Huntsman" as William, a childhood friend of Snow's.
With Claflin officially on board as Finnick, the last major piece of the "Catching Fire" casting puzzle has fallen into place. He joins fellow newcomers Jena Malone as Johanna Mason and Lynn Cohen as Mags (an elderly ally of Finnick's), as well as returning players Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Directed by Francis Lawrence, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" sets screens ablaze on November 22, 2013.
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