'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': Sam Claflin Eyed for Finnick
Sources for Variety are reporting that British actor Sam Claflin is up for the coveted role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, the much-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games.
If confirmed, the casting of Claflin would end months of searching -- not to mention Internet rumors -- to find an actor to play the part. Previous actors linked to the role include Taylor Kitsch, Robert Pattinson, Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer.
Finnick is one of the more crucial roles in Catching Fire, which will film in Atlanta, according to sources. Having won the games at a very young age, he becomes a key player in Katniss' (Jennifer Lawrence) life, especially after he saves Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from drowning in the Quarter Quell.
Claflin is best known for his role in this summer's Snow White and the Huntsman, in which he starred opposite Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron. The actor recently spoke to Celebuzz about his bromance with co-star Chris Hemsworth; view the video, below.
Claflin also had a supporting role in the blockbuster epic Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that four-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (Monk) is in talks to play Beetee, better known as Volts, an inventor who has a special knack for making electrified weapons.
Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo was said to be up for the part of 80-year-old mentor Mags; however Variety says she will not get the part.
Assuming all goes well for Claflin and Shalhoub, they would join an already prestigious lineup of actors in the film, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, who will play Plutarch Heavensbee, and Amanda Plummer, who joined the film yesterday as Wiress.
Directed by Francis Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will hit theaters on Nov. 23, 2013. It as also announced recently that Mockingjay, the third and final chapter in the Hunger Games trilogy, will be split into two movies, with release dates set for Nov. 21, 2014 and Nov. 20, 2015, respectively.
The Hunger Games opened in March 2012, and went on to gross over $400 million, domestically.
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