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'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Casting Rumors: Robert Pattinson Is Out, So Who Is In?

By: Sean OConnell on May 30, 2012 at 9:25AM Comments (46)

 

 
Recently, when we floated the rumor that Lionsgate wanted Robert Pattinson for the role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, many of you weighed in with a resounding, “Noooooooooo!”
 
Never fear. Either Lionsgate heard you, or the rumor had no weight to it in the first place. Either way, Pattinson himself confirmed that he is not  playing Odair in the anticipated sequel, and so the casting couch remains open for hunky actors willing to fight alongside Jennifer Lawrence’s brave archer Katniss Everdeen.
 
So if not Pattinson, than who? Well, E! Online says that three names have emerged as frontrunners for the coveted role: Armie Hammer of J. Edgar and The Social Network; Taylor Kitsch of John Carter and Battleship; and Garrett Hedlund of Tron: Legacy and On The Road
 
Of the three, whom would you prefer? Coincidentally, many who commented under our earlier Pattinson post called for Hedlund, saying he’d make a fine Finnick in a Catching Fire adaptation. Hammer also seems like a good fit, but has his hands full filming Gore Verbinski’s The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. Could that take him out of Hunger Games consideration? 
 
As for Kitsch … well, the underperformances by both John Carter and Battleship at the box office might have tarnished his star, and sunk his reputation for being able to carry a major franchise. However, Odair isn’t the lead in Catching Fire – it’s Lawrence’s franchise, by every stretch – so filling in as Finnick might be just what Kitsch’s struggling career needs right now. 
 
Expect a decision shortly, as director Francis Lawrence has to begin filming to stay ahead of the film’s announced Nov. 22, 2013 release date.    
 

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  • May 31st 2012 6:53AM

    jewl5  said...

    Alex Pettyfer, Garret Hedlund, and Armie Hammer should be the short list of knowns for this role. They could also find an amazing unknown, that worked well with the Hunger Games. Also, where is this Zac Efron coming from? I have yet to see him attempt anything as meaty as Finnick and honestly doubt he could do the heavy lifting.

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  • May 31st 2012 5:53AM

    SeanCriticReviews  said...

    I wish they could have Andrew Garfield as a choice. I imagined him as Finnick throughout the books.

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  • May 31st 2012 6:48AM

    jewl5  said...

    Are you kidding me? Andrew Garfield is too skittish to play Finnick. He would be gone in the initial melee. Finnick is a champion.

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  • May 30th 2012 5:30PM

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    i'd probably say zac effron or the guy from john carter

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  • May 30th 2012 4:09PM

    peachyevey  said...

    I'd say Armie Hammer. He's a good fit. The other two look too young.

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  • May 30th 2012 5:15PM

    brazen85  said...

    He's the youngest of the three actors.

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  • May 30th 2012 3:59PM

    sdnitikman  said...

    1. Garrett Hedlund 2. Taylor Kitsch 3. Armie Hammer Garrett pulls off the handsome and charming aspect the best, but also has some emotional depth that would work for Finnick's scenes in both "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay". Finnick is very important to both book 2 and 3 - don't let it be played by someone who can't bring both humour and dignity to the role.

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  • May 30th 2012 2:12PM

    HoodCritic1  said...

    I'm wondering who they are going to look at for Johanna Mason?

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  • May 30th 2012 2:40PM

    zach2992  said...

    Ooh that's a good thought. She's just as important as Finnick.

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  • May 30th 2012 3:01PM

    brazen85  said...

    How about Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones?

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  • May 30th 2012 2:02PM

    wannaspartan  said...

    I have a soft spot for Garret Hedlund. But I think for this character, we should go with Armie Hammer. He's perfect for the role.

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  • May 30th 2012 1:56PM

    twilight_lover38  said...

    i think that kellan lutz would be perfect for finnick.im not too much on the three names listed above. i just dont believe they would bring to the character what is needed and what people expect from finnick. i have a few other actors in mind that would be a great finnick but kellan fits the part alot

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  • May 31st 2012 7:00AM

    jewl5  said...

    Kellan Lutz is too much of a goof to play Finnick. I doubt he could sober up to bring the weight needed.

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  • May 30th 2012 1:43PM

    thisfridaythe13th  said...

    Def Armie Hammer, I have not liked Kitsche in any of the film roles I've seen, and he doesn't look right. Hedlund isn't a bad actor but doesn't embody the character. It seems absurd that anybody would consider the other two if Armie Hammer is in the running.

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  • May 30th 2012 1:47PM

    zach2992  said...

    Kitsche has this thing where he acts in only bad movies. So I'd prefer he didn't appear in Catching Fire and curse it.

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  • May 30th 2012 2:52PM

    brazen85  said...

    Hedlund to me is the best actor out of the three hands down and was great in Tron: Legacy and Country Strong. Plus he would be great at portraying the other side of Finnick as well. I don't get the hype around Hammer, he's good but hasn't done anything special to get my attention.

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  • May 30th 2012 5:41PM

    HoodCritic1  said...

    Did you see "The Social Network"? He was amazing in that. He did a good job in "J. Edgar" as well.

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  • May 30th 2012 6:04PM

    brazen85  said...

    I did see The Social Network and he was good, it just wasn't anything special to me. I haven't seen J. Edgar yet so maybe once I see that he'll change my mind about him. I am big fan of Hedlund though, and when I think about the character of Finnick as a whole, I feel that out of these choices he would make the best Finnick Odair. Finnick isn't just a witty good looking guy, he has a very heartbreaking side to him, and that's why I pick Hedlund. I'm not saying I wouldn't like Hammer as Finnick, but he's not the first pick for me. Hedlund was one of the first names that crossed through my mind before this article came out.

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  • May 30th 2012 12:45PM

    brazen85  said...

    Garrett Hedlund is my first choice out of these three but I would also be happy with Armie Hammer playing the part. Can't go wrong with these two choices. But it's a definite no for Taylor Kitsch, I like him in some movies, John Carter being one of them, but not for this role.

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  • May 30th 2012 5:08PM

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    I totally agree!

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  • May 30th 2012 12:37PM

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    I think that Garrett Hedlund is PERFECT for the role of Finnick Odair. Armie Hammer looks to old and Taylor Kitsch just isn't right for Finnick but Garrett Hedlund is exactly how I pictured Finnick to look and sound like.

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  • May 30th 2012 1:44PM

    thisfridaythe13th  said...

    Hedlund looks older than Hammer, and his face is just too...odd.

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  • May 30th 2012 12:28PM

     said...

    Chris Hemsworth or Zac Efron

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  • May 30th 2012 1:44PM

    thisfridaythe13th  said...

    Hemsworth would make my head explode, but that's just too much to hope for.

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  • May 30th 2012 1:45PM

    zach2992  said...

    No...not Zafron. I don't need him ruining it.

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