‘Hunger Games’ Star Dayo Okeniyi Shares Picks For New ‘Catching Fire’ Director (EXCLUSIVE)

By: Amanda Hasaka / April 11, 2012

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While millions of fans are still reeling from the news that Gary Ross won’t be directing The Hunger Games’ sequel, Catching Fire, Celebuzz caught up with Dayo Okeniyi at Nylon Magazine’s anniversary party at Smashbox Studios on Tuesday night to get his thoughts on the situation.

Dayo, who plays Thresh, the District 11 tribute in the blockbuster film, told us that it will be nearly impossible to replace Ross as a director: “Honestly, I really think he’s the only person who can come back and do the second film. So I’m hoping it’s one of those things where he’s like, ‘I’m not doing it,’ then is like, ‘No! I am doing it!’ Because it would be incredibly terrible for all of this to not work out. But this is the business, and it happens. Hopefully, they can get someone else who is as creative. There are very few Gary Ross’.”

With that in mind, who else could Dayo see directing CF?

“Honestly, it really is only Gary. But if I had to, maybe like a David Fincher (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network). He would be ridiculous. His vision is completely different, so he would do a crazy job. Or maybe Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan).”

Funny, those are some of the director’s Celebuzz picked too!

What do you guys think of Dayo’s picks? Sound off in the comments!