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Idris Elba As Chaff In "Catching Fire"?

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 29, 2012 at 12:14PM

As fans of the franchise likely already know, Lionsgate announced a little while ago that a film adaptation of Catching Fire (a sequel to the film adaptation of box office smash The Hunger Games), would begin principal photography later this year, with November 22, 2013 release date planned.
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Idris Elba

As fans of the franchise likely already know, Lionsgate announced a little while ago that a film adaptation of Catching Fire (a sequel to the film adaptation of box office smash The Hunger Games), would begin principal photography later this year, with November 22, 2013 release date planned.

Star Jennifer Lawrence will return as Katniss Everdeen, with Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) directing, in what should be another hit for Lionsgate, will a myriad of roles to be filled by actors... including a character named Chaff.

I haven't read the series of novels, so those of you who have can chime in with your thoughts on this, as you're more informed than I am.

The character named Chaff from what my research tells me isn't all that big of a part. According to the Hunger Games Wiki, Chaff is described as (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD if you haven't read the books):

Male, six feet tall, with dark skin, and an arm that ends with a stump because he lost his hand in the 45th Hunger Games, and he chose not to get a prosthetic one. He was one of Haymitch's "Old Drinking Buddies." During the reaping recaps, Effie Trinket commented that "Chaff never could stay out of a fight," implying that he had volunteered as tribute. Chaff would have been in his mid to late forties when he died. He was killed at the very end of the 75th Games by Brutus at the free-for-all just minutes before Katniss Everdeen destroyed the force field surrounding the arena.

Of course, the emphasis is on "dark skin," although that doesn't necessarily suggest that a black actor would be cast in the role. 

But I should note this sentence that caught my attention on the Examiner's website, which reads:

Idris Elba is being considered in the press release for the part of Chaff.

I'd say take that with a grain of salt, although it's not entirely inconceivable. I'm just not sure what press release exactly the writer for the Examiner is referring to, as I haven't seen this referenced anywhere else. And Idris hasn't mentioned it as far as I know.

Of course, fan sites have their own choices for who should play the part; Ving Rhames name came up. I suppose Chaff is meant to be menacing, as one writer said this of Rhames:

Ving Rhames wins my vote for Chaff, because he plays a good mess of a character yet looks like he can kill someone.

Ok then. I'm sure Ving would love to hear that.

Other writers gave thumbs up to Michael Clarke Duncan for the part. Although both he and Rhames are a bit older than the character is described.

Ok Hunger Games experts, take it away...

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