It was reported earlier on the Sam Claflin looks to be the frontrunner to be cast as Finnick Odair, but he’s not the only Catching Fire casting rumor today.
Variety is reporting that Oscar winner Melissa Leo and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub are the frontrunners to play Mags and Beetee, respectively. Apparently all three are definitely on the short list for The Hunger Games sequel. But, as they also point out, Lionsgate and all of the actors” respective reps had no comment on the casting.
Here’s what they say about the three actors:
Claflin burst onto Hollywood’s radar when he scored a key supporting role alongside Johnny Depp in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.” He went on to vie for Kristen Stewart’s affections in “Snow White and the Huntsman.” He’s repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.
Indie veteran Leo has never appeared in a blockbuster movie, though she is currently filming a key supporting role alongside Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski’s “Oblivion,” based on the graphic novel from Radical Publishing. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Shalhoub is no stranger to studio blockbusters, having appeared in two “Men in Black” films and three “Spy Kids” pics. He’s repped by ICM Partners.
So what do you think? Can you see these actors in the roles?