Jesse Williams talks Fan Support for him to play Finnick Odair

| May 3, 2012 More

Jesse Williams Finnick Odair Catching Fire Casting

An upcoming fan favorite for the role of Finnick Odair is ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star, Jesse Williams. Honestly I hadn’t really considered Jesse before this, but I have to admit – those eyes are to die for!

E! Online caught up with Williams to ask him his thoughts on the fan campaign for him to play the beloved District 4 hunk.

While a million names have been tossed out to play the tortured heartthrob (Armie HammerTaylor Kitsch!), one fan favorite is Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams.

So what does the sparkling-eyed TV star think of the big-screen gig?!

Jesse Williams Finnick Odair Casting Catching Fire “I have heard that! I’ve seen a lot of that on Twitter,” Jesse told us when we asked him if he’d caught wind of the fan campaign. “I didn’t know what the heck a Finnick was when I was getting a lot of the questions about it.”

Didn’t know what a Finnick was?! Where the heck has he been?!

It’s only the most anticipated casting since, well, Peeta, probably! And while we were previously rooting for Friday Night Light‘s Kitsch to earn his box-office redemption—after John Carter bombed…hard—we think Jesse is more than hot enough to step into Finnick’s Tribute shoes.

Plus, he charmed our pants off in Cabin in the Woods, so we think he has the chops to pull it off.

“I’ve since been educated, and that’s fun. People are really, really excited about it,” Williams explained about his casting potential. “There’s a website that’s dedicated to it—Jesse for Finnick. It’s kind of taking on a mind of its own. People are creative about that kind of stuff, and now I’ll try to figure out if that’s something that’s interesting to me.”

You can read more of the article here!

So what do you think of Jesse Williams as a potential Finnick casting choice? Tell us in the comments! Then go take our Finnick Odair Casting Poll!


source: E! Online via hggirlonfire

Tags: , , , , , ,

Category: Catching Fire, News

Comments (25)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. Shae says:

    LOVED him in Cabin in the Woods. I think he’d be great! He has the charm, certainly, and that’s the most important thing about Finnick in my mind!

  2. Hannah says:

    No. Just no. These people obviously didn’t read the book.

  3. Tabitha says:

    Ok No. That would be wrong. Where’s the bronze colored hair?!?! hello?!

    • Rach says:


      Ummm… Peeta is blonde, Josh Hutcherson is not.

      Katniss is brunette, Jennifer Lawrence is not.

      Gale is brunette, Liam Hemsworth is not.

      Effie is pink, Elizabeth banks is not.


    • mrsmrry says:

      Bronze is a shade of brown. Please look it up in the dictionary. He just needs to grow his hair out.

  4. Elle says:

    Taylor Kitsch would be AWESOME, though. I didn’t really think about him until now.

  5. Scarleth Lopez says:

    I’m sorry, but I say no.

  6. Someone please tell me where in the book that it says that Finnick is white? If someone can tell me where in the book it says that I’ll shut up. But everytime you ASSUME that someone is white JUST BECAUSE IT DOESN’T EXPLICITLY SAY THEY ARE AFRICAN AMERICAN or ASIAN, it is RACIST. Sorry but it is. Why does it matter that Jesse is not white. He MATCHES THE DESCRIPTION and if YOU read the book YOU would know that. I hope suzanne collins comes out again and speaks about this. I swear, when I read this stuff all I can think to myself is people are gross.

  7. Chelsey says:


  8. gabriella55 says:

    So funny how people site “matching the description in the book” without knowing what that description is. “Tall, athletic, with golden skin and bronze-colored hair and those incredible eyes.” “…Odair’s famous sea green eyes.” Jesse is clearly tall, athletic, with golden skin. Stopping there for a moment. We can all agree on those 3 characteristics right? Bronze hair, anyone can do that. Peeta was supposed to be blond, Katniss very dark hair and olive skin, same as Prim. None of that happened and none of you complained…It’s sadder that you don’t seem to notice your own prejudice and that it hurts people just the same. These candidates are actors, so let’s not say or think ridiculous things like “he isn’t charming”. Especially about an actor like Jesse freaking Williams whose made a living charming the pants off of everyone! People say his skin’s not right and then pick people like Pattinson or Pettyfer (Not even close to being almost Golden skinned) say he has to be young and then pick Ian Somerholder who looks 40…it’d be funny if it weren’t so sad.

  9. Susan says:

    What a refreshing casting choice, and I hope they take notice and do it.
    Jesse Williams would be GREAT.

  10. Tania says:

    He’s the nude model dude in Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants! I haven’t seen Cabin the woods.
    As for him being Finnick…..ummmmm I’m fine either way actually.

  11. Rebecca says:


  12. Emma says:

    His eyes are pretty… but that may be true… that doesn’t mean he has what it takes to be Finnick. Ooh Finnick… I just picture him differently.

  13. Emma says:

    nvm. Just shave that beard, and he’ll be good to go! WOOH JESSE. I’m fine with him.

  14. Lana says:

    He needs to be finnick hes the one I voted for when they were taking ideas! Hes perfect and exactly who I imagined while reading the book. Watch Grey’s Anatomy and you shall see!

  15. bi says:

    those eyes…

  16. MyHungerGames says:

    I am closing the comments and deleting most of them as it just got a bit too personal and that’s not OK.
    I have to agree that all of the people that get upset at the thought of a character not being white, really should take a look at their own assumptions. It doesn’t matter what color the actor is that plays the part – what matters if they are able to interpret and bring to life qualities of the characters that we’ve grown to love.
    Please keep your comments to the subject without calling other people names.

  17. ally says:


  18. Autumn says:

    I think he could pull it off. I’ve learned my lesson with hair colors and know that they can change stuff like that soo ya!!(;

  19. Victoria says:

    I’ve thought he would fit the whole time, but I haven’t suggested him because I thought no one wanted him! I hope they choose either him, Chace Crawford or Ian Somerhalder. It’s hard to get the perfect fit for Finnick though. Some people have to be disappointed once they announce who it’s gonna be.

  20. Peetabread says:

    I apologize for “personal” attacks but I really did try to discuss it with people with logic and rationale and when it was clear to me that these people were motivated by race I became blinded by it and lowered myself to their level. I’m sorry.

  21. aubrey says:

    i wwould love for him to play finick

  22. Hey Moderator! Look!

    I’m glad you’re on the right side of looking at this casting. Thanks for the keeping the dialogue open and fair.


  23. M says:

    Everyone, please watch the youtube video of Jesse at Colonial Williamsburg. He is so intelligent and passionate. Regardless of his ethnic heritage, I trust him to understand Finnick’s character.

%d bloggers like this: