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Taylor Kitsch Says He Won't Be Finnick Odair In 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 31, 2012 5:20 PM
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While the rumors continue to swirl about who will be playing Finnick Odair in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," as fast as names pop up, they're being swatted down. Robert Pattinson was the first to pour cold water on claims he might be snagging the role, and just a couple of days after a few more names were mentioned, another actor has stepped up to take his name out of the mix.

In an email to the LA Times, Taylor Kitsch bluntly said, "Not going to happen," when asked about his participation in the franchise. Whether that's because he's not interested, not wanted or wasn't even in contention in the first place is unknown, but it still leaves Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund as possibilites -- or perhaps someone completely unknown, which is the other direction Lionsgate is looking to take this casting. Why is this such a big deal? Well, Finnick is a pretty major (and hunky) character in "Catching Fire" who also carries over to the final installment "Mockingjay," and as always, fans have a very specific idea of who they want in the role. Ryan Kwanten from "True Blood" and young Brit Oliver Jackson-Cohen seem to be popular choices, at least as far as our comments section goes.

The studio could make a decision as early as this week or....not. Either way, some kind of decision will need to be made soon, as shooting is gearing up to start at the tail end of summer/early fall, with Francis Lawrence at the helm, and a firm November 22, 2013 release set.

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  • Trisha | July 10, 2012 6:52 AMReply

    Oliver Jacksonn-Cohen Please!! See this link!

  • Laren | June 18, 2012 9:36 AMReply

    I agree with you. Please cast Oliver Jackson-Cohen as Finnick Odair. He is PERFECT for Finnick. He is so handsome and hot. He is physically fit. I feel In-love with him. I can't stop staring on his pictures on Facebook and Google.

  • alyssa | June 17, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    Plsssplssssplsssss!!!!! Cast Oliver jackson-Cohen as finnick odair, he is perfect for it and he is a great actor. He is gorgeous, he has an awesome smile and if no one likes Liam hemsworth and josh hutcherson girls would fall for finnick if oliver plays him. And he's hot too :)

  • Rhianne | June 12, 2012 9:58 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen would be great as Finnick Odair. PLEASE!! Armie, Taylor and Hedlund are already famous and they look old to me. Give a chance to Oliver. He is good. So handsome good looking guy. His eyes are Green. He is tall and he is 26 yrs. old. He is hot and gorgeous. His accent are wow.

  • Fran | June 11, 2012 12:01 PMReply

    Yes! Please add Oliver Jackson-Cohen on the casting list as Finnick Odair! He is perfect for Finnick. Love him so much. I don't know him before but when I saw his name on the comments below. I research him on Facebook and Google and also Youtube, he is so hot and handsome. His my new crush. <3 If he will be Finnick Odair, maybe the girls might fall In-love with him too. Just like me. <3 He got the Green eyes, the height, the accent and the body. :D Finnick. <3

  • Sandy | June 9, 2012 10:49 AMReply

    Oliver Jackson-Cohen would be Great as Finnick too. I saw his pictures on Facebook. I also saw him doing yoga on Youtube. Watch the movie Faster. He is good. I vote for him.

  • Rah-al | June 1, 2012 9:30 AMReply

    I would like to take this opportunity to also announce I too won't be playing Finnick Odair. My neigbor's dog too turned down the role. I know, I know sad news right? How will we go on without Taylor can't act his way out of a paperbag Kitsch being in the next Hunger Games movie.

  • mike | May 31, 2012 8:59 PMReply

    why would he want to be in a hit?

  • x | May 31, 2012 6:18 PMReply

    because he is box office poison

  • alphabet | May 31, 2012 6:00 PMReply

    Timberlake for the role.

  • D | May 31, 2012 6:06 PM

    Eww no

  • easy company | May 31, 2012 5:32 PMReply

    ill tell you why.he will be filming lone survivor at the same time as catching fire...
    also i think he had enough of blockbusters for sometime(maybe forever)

  • teetering | May 31, 2012 7:32 PM

    Exactly right, I wish all the doom & gloomers paid to write for a living, would do some fact checking about schedules.

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