Last week, we brought you news that Lionsgate was splitting up the third book of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay, into two films, making the franchise a four-film series. As far as casting was concerned, we got confirmation that Philip Seymour Hoffman would indeed play Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee.
But the role that fans have been hungering for is that of trident-wielding Finnick Odair. In June, rumors were flying about on the casting of this role. Armie Hammer (Lone Ranger, Mirror Mirror), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship, John Carter), and Garrett Hedlund (On the Road, Tron Legacy) were rumored for the role and Kitsch struck the early rumors down and clearly stated that it was “not going to happen.”
[Above: Sam Clafin, Tony Shaloub, Amanda Plummer]
According to Variety, the latest rumor is that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), is now the frontrunner for the role of Finnick Odair. Tony Shaloub (Pain and Gain, Monk) is also rumored to be the studio’s choice to play Beetee aka “Volts,” the electronics and wiring expert from District 3. And speaking of Beetee, we do have confirmation of who is to play Wiress, Beetee’s companion. The Wrap reports that Tony and Emmy-award winner Amanda Plummer (Strangely in Love, Pulp Fiction) has been cast as Wiress.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is slated to hit theaters on November 22nd, 2013. Mockingjay: Part 1 will be released on November 21, 2014 and Part 2 on November 20, 2015.