Lionsgate confirmed Monday, July 9, that Oscar winner Phillip Seymour Hoffman signed on for the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games. Suckerpunch actress Jena Malone is also is expected to officially sign on the dotted line for the role of feisty tribute, Johanna Mason.
Though fans and critics alike are applauding the casting of at least one central character, many are still dying to know who will play Finnick Odair?
If you haven’t read Catching Fire or have no idea who Finnick Odair is, let Celebuzz break it down for you.
Finnick is a handsome young man from District 4 who won the 65th annual Hunger Games when he was only 14 years old, which makes him about 24 when Catching Fire takes place. He is extremely confident and has a reputation for being quite the ladies man, and mentions his lovers pay him in “secrets,” which is better explained in the third of Suzanne Collins‘ books, Mockingjay.
Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) meets Finnick when (spoiler alert!) they are pitted against one another in the Quarter Quell fight. The QQ is a tournament of sorts with 24 former victors battling against each other in celebration of the Hunger Games’ 75th anniversary.
Though Savages and Friday Night Lights hottie Taylor Kitsch was frequently mentioned in reports as a potential casting choice for the role, the 31-year-old actor told Celebuzz he definitely would not take on the complicated part of Finnick in the film, due in theaters on November 22, 2013.
Other actors who have reportedly been in talks include The Social Network star Armie Hammer, as well as Weeds‘ Hunter Parrish — who almost snagged the role of Peeta in the first film — but the actor who seems to be most likely to play Finnick is TRON: Legacy star Garrett Hedlund.
Though it’s not official until Lionsgate says so, Celebuzz thought we’d put together a gallery of some eligble actors who would be great in the role of Finnick.
View the gallery for the full breakdown, then share your casting thoughts in the comments.
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