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'Catching Fire' Producer Says Finnick Odair Casting Rumors Are "So Not True"; Armie Hammer & Garrett Hedlund Not In The Mix

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 5, 2012 7:44 PM
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What do we know about the casting of Finnick Odair in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"? That none of the names mentioned or rumored so far have panned out. Robert Pattinson was the first to to kibosh rumors about his potential involvement, while Taylor Kitsch followed suit not long after. And it seems none of the names, including Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund, are in contention at this point.

'Catching Fire' producer Nina Jacobsen has revealed to 24 Frames that the rumors about Hammer and Hedlund are "so not true" and moreover, they're not even at the stage of thinking about who should play the part. “That’s the thing that’s crazy -- people are like way ahead of where we are,” she said. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.” 

She adds that the struggle right now is to figure out whether to listen to fan suggestions or go out on a limb and pick somebody that the studio likes instead. "You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part,” she said.

Taking in over $640 million worldwide, that gives Lionsgate six hundred forty million reasons to make sure they do this right as expectations are now sky high for the next installment. With filming gearing up start in late summer or early fall, we presume a decision will be made soon (and we don't exactly buy that they don't have some kind of list of names they're interested in) or perhaps at Comic-Con. Whoever it is, we'll see the result when the Francis Lawrence-directed film opens on November 22, 2013.

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  • JessicaRLR | August 14, 2012 8:25 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen is GREAT for Finnick! He is a unknown Actor. He is amazing! He is 6'3 ft tall. Gorgeous hot man! Search him on Youtube and Facebook too.

  • Alice | August 1, 2012 3:07 AMReply

    Hunter Parrish is my dream cast for Finnick
    He's got that sex god look

  • Val | July 25, 2012 4:01 PMReply

    I think Michael Fjordback should play Finnick. He played young Peter Hale on Teen Wolf and he's unknown. Or someone else who fits the exact description of Finnick who's still kind of unknown. I don't really think that the people who are rumored to be cast as him are the right fit.

  • NIKI | July 24, 2012 10:24 AMReply

    I wish they would just pick one already though. The suspense is killing me. I wanna know who is going to play Finnick.

    And if they are tallying random fan votes from random websites on who the people think should play Finnick, my vote is for Garrett. Love him!

  • Quin | July 8, 2012 12:00 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen is great for Finnick! Check this link. You'll love it.

  • Grace | July 6, 2012 9:50 AMReply

    Yeah he is cute but I prefer Oliver Jackson-Cohen. Well I don't know him before but when I saw his name on the comments below. He is so cute, great actor(I watch the movie), handsome tall gorgeous man. Perfect for Finnick.

  • SARA | July 5, 2012 5:53 PMReply

    Ryan Mcintyre Is an unknown that can act! He is beautiful and so sweet. He was a recently cast in a movie called Defenders and Prey . Also one pending with Jim Carey. He is blond 6'2 So athletic with a great smile. His credits are all small because They all just started production but I think he will be big. Look at his pictures on IMDB. OMG!!!!!!! I know him from acting class and have read the books he is PERFECT. Ryan Mcintyre could be amazing as Finnick~ Sara

  • Becca | July 5, 2012 6:31 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen would be great as Finnick Odair.

  • KATIE | July 4, 2012 10:57 PMReply

    I think christian bale would be a good Finnick

  • Finnick | July 4, 2012 10:22 PMReply

    Zac Efron.

  • Anna | July 3, 2012 11:13 PMReply

    Ryan Kwanten, his obviously got the sex appeal down lol

  • Shanzi | July 3, 2012 4:02 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen is great for Finnick. He is gorgeous and a great actor. He is amazing. I don't know him before but I saw his name and picture on some previous comments. He is so handsome. Also check this link. You will see all his latest pictures.

  • Jocylin | June 28, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    Personally I think Garrett Hedlund would be the perfect Finnick. A. He's got the looks (have you seen those eyes?? Ahhh) B. He's a good actor and I think he could pull off the role fairly well, and C. He's not too well known and the hunger games cast was also a group of not well known actors (aside from josh, lenny, and a few others) XD

  • ELLO | June 26, 2012 2:42 PMReply

    Justin Timberlake would be perfect as Finnick.

  • Heather | June 27, 2012 10:53 PM

    Unfortunately, he's too old for the part. He'd have to be mid-20s at the oldest.

  • Tori | June 22, 2012 5:04 AMReply

    I sure hope that Alex Pettyfer is in the running for this role. He would be absolutly perfect. His looks, His personality he gives in the way he acts. He is the only one i could even see making the charcter of Finnick Odair come to life. Finnick is my avorite character of the trilogy and i would hate for his part to be played by someone who does not fit it at all.

  • Lodi | July 9, 2012 6:40 PM

    Too bad Alex Pettyfer has the emotional range of a teaspoon. He couldn't possibly portay Finnick's depth and tortured soul.

  • Allison | June 20, 2012 7:50 PMReply

    Zac Efron would make a great addition to the Hunger Games cast. Also another name which gets less credit than he deserves would be Kevin Zegers (Dawn of the Dead, It's a Boy Girl Thing). Kevin Zegers could play Finnick Odair awesomely. If the movie is shooting to be better than the first film, then picking Kevin Zegers as Finnick would be the best route to go. :)

  • Josh | June 20, 2012 1:32 AMReply

    I think David Henrie should play Finnick Odair.

  • Foshima | June 19, 2012 6:48 PMReply

    I think Finnick Odair should be Michael Fassbender.

  • Allison | June 20, 2012 8:15 PM

    I think Fassbender is a great actor, but if you are looking for an older guy than the rest of the cast (Lawrence, Hemsworth, and Hutcherson) then it would probably be a better fix to have Chris Evans as Finnick Odair. Because Fassbender doesn't have the pretty boy looks of Odair. He is good looking but that is a totally different look. :) Also Channing Tatum could play Finnick if you are looking at the older guys. :)

  • Timbo | June 13, 2012 5:52 PMReply

    tyler jacob moore! fo sho -

  • ok | June 10, 2012 7:40 AMReply

    GARRETT HEDLUND is the only Finnick. He IS Finnick. Just check this out, he is perfect:

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  • Erika | June 14, 2012 5:30 PM

    I agree

  • abigail | June 6, 2012 2:37 PMReply

    grant gustin forever

  • RK | June 6, 2012 11:40 AMReply

    GOOD, I hope its true , I hate both for the role and they are way too overrated by fandom, especially Garreth Hedlund. I cant stand his face anymore in the Finnick tag on tumbrl . He doesn't look like the best fit, yet tumbrl people keep on molding the character to fit the actor they want to play this role, he aint no finnick too short, too boring, too old looking, too generic , too gruffy, too overrated. Hopefully the casting people have more common sense take to allow crazed tumbrl fangirls to take over what should be their job, and not just allow hype to get to them.

  • Lodi | July 9, 2012 6:46 PM

    Hmm.. It would appear that you're just grasping at straws here. You're argument is that he's too generic, but at the same time he's overrated? He's portrayed plenty of characters that have serious emotional depth. Everyone needs to look past the physical side. That's not what Finnick is about. He's not just another pretty face, he's got a seriously tormented past and he needs an actor that can bring that to life. And it's Tumblr.

  • Tori | June 22, 2012 5:06 AM

    I absolutly agree he is no Finnick what so ever! Alex Pettyfer for Finnick <3

  • diana | June 6, 2012 10:47 AMReply

    Garrett Hedlund fo Finnick. That's SO OBVIOUS! He is a great actor as well. The guys listed above can't act and are not good looking enough!

  • Lodi | July 9, 2012 6:48 PM

    Armie is fantastic, and so is Garrett. I could see it go either way and still be pleased with the outcome. Just no Taylor Kitsch or Alex Pettyfer. They may have the pretty face but they don't have the depth. Or the acting chops, to boot.

  • Alan | June 6, 2012 11:02 AM

    Hedlund a better actor than Hammer? Hedlund a better actor than, ummm, anyone? That's original.

  • LOL | June 6, 2012 10:05 AMReply

    Robtards are pathetic, as always. Hammer and Hedlund rumors are on for more than 6 months. Pattinson rumor lasted about a week. He is fugly and was never in consideration. Go back to that crappy franchise please.

  • Mi | June 6, 2012 4:55 PM

    You are pathetic,Pattinson fans never wanted him starring in another PG-13 franchaise.This rumor was started by some haters to provoke such LOL persons like you.

  • MICHELLE | June 5, 2012 11:22 PMReply

    I really they think they should listen to fan suggestions because if they pick a nobody or someone who's name hasn't been mentioned, people are gonna be like, eh... since they've already got their Finnick in mind. I really want Garrett Hedlund to play Finnick, so I was hoping the rumours would be true.

  • Nolan | June 5, 2012 8:29 PMReply

    If studios listened to fan's dream casts, then Johnny Depp would play every part in every movie ever made.

  • Lodi | July 9, 2012 6:50 PM

    This. ^ This discussion has been won. Everyone else can go home now.

  • Huh | June 5, 2012 8:01 PMReply

    Ha. When Robert Pattinson is in the mix they are fine with letting the rumor continue indefinitely so they can get the good PR but when it's other actors suddenly they're able to discuss it?

  • Alan | June 6, 2012 11:05 AM

    "She is jealous because Pattinson is only getting SUPPORTING ROLES in UNKNOWN directors films now lol. He is a has been at this point. CF director wuld NEVER choose him." Yeah, nobodies like David Cronenberg and no-talents like David Michod. Pattinson has already worked with the CF director, too, so I have no idea what on earth you are on about.

  • bea | June 6, 2012 10:49 AM

    She is jealous because Pattinson is only getting SUPPORTING ROLES in UNKNOWN directors films now lol. He is a has been at this point. CF director wuld NEVER choose him.

  • d | June 5, 2012 10:33 PM

    A few questions: What made the Pattinson rumor "good PR" and these actors "bad PR?" Who says they were ever unable to discuss it? Must they acknowledge every rumor on the Internet?

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