RUMOR: Catching Fire Casting Down to Final Three?

| May 29, 2012 | 117 Comments More

Casting Fire Casting Choices

The rumors surrounding casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire continue.  This time E! Online says the casting for Finnick Odair is down to a final three.

According to one of their sources, the top three names under consideration are Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund.

And not only that, their source also reportedly says that the final decision from Lionsgate should be announced as early as this week.

Filming is due to get underway later this year with new director Francis  Lawrence taking over the reigns from Gary Ross.

As E! reports, all three actors have star stutus:

Hammer will next be seen playing the  title role in the Lone Ranger flick opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. Tron  Legacy‘s Hedlund was also a big Cannes Film Festival headline with the  premiere of On The Road with Kristen  Stewart and Kirsten  Dunst while Kitsch can currently be seen in Battleship.

Reps for the three did not comment.

A Lionsgate rep said, “As with the first film, we won’t be confirming,  denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce  news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”


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  1. Cata says:

    Nooo, i always pictured Finnick as being played by Alex Pettyfer

  2. Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

  3. Bethany says:

    come on garrett :3

  4. Alexis says:

    Ummmmmmmmmm…………….Did not expect them…Well this is a bit awkward. Plus i imagined Finnick way different, not to be mean or anything. But you know what i’m not the director or anything.Francis Lawrence picked one of them for a reason because they are good, so i can’t say anything wrong about his decision on these three actors.

  5. Levey says:

    UGHHHH!!!! NO1 I did not approve of this. I would LOVE and unknown as Finnick. Gahhh…. I’m nervous. I’m gonna hope for Garrett Hedlund, ‘cuz he’s my favorite out of the three, but then again, that’s not sayin’ much. I think Colton Haynes could pull it off. I don’t know. We’ll see.

  6. claudia says:

    I would be so happy if they picked Armie!!!

  7. Arose says:

    None of these guys fit the description of finnick!

  8. Tirzah says:

    Garrett Hedlund would be good, I have not seen his movies tho’, so I don’t know if he’s a good actor…

  9. Arose says:

    Please no. Pease no. Please no. This has to be a dream!

  10. Twill says:

    It Alex Pettyfer is not chosen, I would prefer it to be Armie Hammer…

  11. Hot stuff says:

    If you had to choose anyone in the world who would you choose to be finnick????????

  12. bi says:

    I don´t know how reliable E! is. As a fan I want the best actor to be chosen because Finnick is a very complex character and someone who is just a pretty boy won´t cut it. To all the fans that seem disappointed by this news, please don´t be, we should be so lucky if Armie Hammer were to play this character. Garrett Hedlund is a decent actor as well, Taylor Kitsch isn´t interested as Josh Horowitz from mtv said in a recent interview, so I don´t know how true this rumor is. I´ll give this rumor the benefit of the doubt, but until official word comes out or a more reliable website such as deadline or the hollywood reporter comment on this, I´m not going to give it too much thought.

  13. Autumn says:

    If they can act I don’t care! Good luck to them

  14. Mark Vallejo Austin says:


  15. Gabriela says:

    Idk, I think Id be ok with either.garrett or hammer… I think we should just trust Lawrence and wait(:

  16. justusinfinity says:

    It doesn’t matter who it is… By the time we see that first trailer we will br happy! And you all know it!

  17. Sam says:

    Just here to remind everyone complaining that none of them look like Finnick in the books about Jen and Josh. Let Lionsgate work their movie magic; as long as the actor is talented, they can make it work no matter their original physical appearance.

  18. Rorymellark says:

    Armie hammer, please come through. Huge fan since social network, and everything after that. You are a great person and a great actor and you look JUST LIKE FINNICK!!!! I love all three choices as well, but Armie would be my ideal Finnick. Ahhhh!!!!!

  19. Lu says:

    Armie!!!!! When I read Katniss’ description of Finnick, Armie came to my mind. He’s the guy. He can be the seductive but tortured young man. And that voice :) Go Armie!

  20. justusinfinity says:

    Who is playing Johanna?! That is hat i want to know! I haven’t heard any rumors or anything

  21. KO says:

    If Grant doesn’t get it I will boycott. No one else looks the way Finnick was described.

  22. little_katniss says:

    Garrett Hedlund!!!!!!!

  23. Amber says:

    Nuff said (:

  24. Zach says:

    GARRETT HEDLUND FOR FINNICK ODAIR ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I want him as Finnick. He truly is a good-looking man who I can really see offering sugar cubes and wield a trident. He looks way more like Finnick than those other two. I mean, I’ve never seen any of them acting, but I just think Garrett Hedlund looks pretty much like how I imagined Finnick.

  25. laura says:

    i’ve been pro garrett hedlund since the very beginning so im super happy that he’s in the top 3…. even if it is a rumor. I just want him to be finnick already!!!

  26. Maddi says:

    armie hammer is definitely my first choice!!!! garret headlong would be second though

  27. Jose says:

    Jennifer and Josh didn’t fit the description for their characters, and they turned out as a GREAT Katniss and Peeta. In my opinion, I think these would make great Finnicks. But if i had to choose i’d go for Garrett.

  28. Erica says:

    And everyone was complaining when Robert Pattinson was a possibility! Take a look at these guys. Talk. About. Gross! Sorry but these guys are the exact opposite of hot.

  29. Mariah says:

    I hope they’ll pick Armie Hammer (:

  30. Rachael says:

    out of those three I want Garrett Hedlund. I will cry if Armie Hammer gets the role. I do not like Armie! I don’t think he looks easy going enough. I think Finnick is supposed to be carelessly good looking and Armie is too british looking. And the other dude just doesn’t look right

    • Abby says:

      Just calm your self no need to cry over things you have no decision in…just let Hollywood and Lawerence work there magic

  31. Regina Philangi says:

    I reckon garrett and armie are both perfect!!!!!! But not the other guy……

  32. Brena Storms says:

    Ok, so we have two Friday Nights Lights boys (one from the tv show, the other the movie) with little other acting experience, and a red. Based on acting talent alone, I’d lean towards Armie Hammer, but I can’t stand picturing his face as Finnicks, so oh dear God, please, no. Taylor Kitsch is the worst of the bunch I think – look at the last few things he’s done and try to tell me that they were anything less than a failure with a straight face. I mean, did anyone even see John Carter? (And if you did, did you actually like it?) And as for Garrett Hedlund… well, I guess if it has to be one of the three, I’d go with him. He looks the part more than the others, I guess.

    I’d really rather they give the part to Jensen Ackles or Matt Bomer, but seeing as that will never happen, I wonder if we could compromise by casting Friday Night Lights Jeremy Sumpter instead… seems they want someone from that universe based on the above choices anyway.

    • Elle says:

      I actually did see John Carter (it was a free screening– no way I would have paid money). Taylor Kitsch was not bad at all. It was the movie that was bad. Too long, too boring, didn’t make sense. As an actor, he is very talented but I feel like he just makes bad choices. On Friday Night Lights, he knocks it out of the park every episode, but he hasn’t picked a great role like Tim Riggins in a long time. I think he could be great as Finnick– he has every bit of the charm. But any of the three would do for me.

  33. Brena Storms says:

    Gah! Computer issues!

    It should read “with little other acting experience and a guy whose claim to fame is playing twins. Based on acting experience alone…”

  34. Emma Nicholson says:

    None of those people are right for this part!

  35. THGirl says:

    eww. why is everyone saying Alex Pettyfer? yeah hes good looking, but hes so not Hunger Games? anybody get what i mean? :/

    • justusinfinity says:

      I get what you mean, honey.

      For me It’s like everyone in the movie looks a certain way and blend together well, but if you throw him in then the looks will be off…. kinda??

    • LC Lee says:

      I honestly didn’t know who he was. I googled him a minute ago and I don’t think he’s fit for the hunger games. Maybe a lame vampire, but not a tribute.

  36. Chloe says:


  37. Victoria says:

    I really hope this is only rumors because they don’t seem like Finnick to me AT ALL :/

  38. LC Lee says:

    Garrett Hedlund!!!!! I love him. He is a fantastic actor!

  39. mockingjay26 says:

    Garrett Hedlund is the best of the 3! He will be an excellent Finnick. If you agree keep posting his name!!!!!! <3

  40. Pedro says:

    Those pictures chosen look bad. They should have chosen better pictures. When I first looked at those photos I was thinking none of those guys should be Finnick. After googling all three names they are actually not bad looking to play Finnick. I think I’d be happy with any one of those guys.

  41. Jon Russo says:

    They should cast Matt Barr, the guy who played Johnse Hatfield in History Channel’s Hatfields & McCoys. He’d make a perfect Finnick. I thought that the moment I saw him on Monday night.

  42. Camille says:

    Great. All three of them are ugly.

  43. RebeccaB. says:

    Overall, I’m pleased with the final three. Whether we like it or not, one of them will be chosen for Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, and we can’t do anything about it. They were picked for a reason, and we should be happy Francis Lawrence is stepping up on Gary Ross’ part to direct Catching Fire, who knows if Francis will do Mockingjay, or if someone else will step in! Alex Pettyfer, if you ask me, was never meant to be anyone in The Hunger Games—-sorry if I’ve insulted any of his obviously loyal fans. But I do not hate Alex, I loved him in I Am Number Four and Beastly, even picked up the books.

    Possibly Friday, we’re going to see who’s taken the role of Finnick, if not sooner. I’m very excited and would be pleased if any of them lands the part, although I agree with Pedro that those aren’t their best photos! My fingers are crossed for Armie, if not him then Garrett, and then Taylor. May the odds be ever in your favor, boys!

  44. justusinfinity says:

    I bet that none of them get picked….

  45. Aimee says:

    Out of the three i do hope Garrett gets it, personally i wanted Benjamin Stone or Chace to get it!!

  46. Miraphora says:

    i was really hoping ryan gosling would be considered, i think if he lightened his hair just a little bit, he’d be perfect for finnick.

  47. Laura says:

    Garrett would be the perfect Finnck

  48. Natalie says:

    Overall, i think Armie is the best choice. Compared to the others,He can act and he is handsome enough.BUT, although he is good-looking his face is not Finnick to me.And he’s filming another movie in fall so I’m not sure if he even could. After seeing all the choices I give up, no one screams Finnick to me

  49. Elle says:

    These three choices are fantastic, if it’s true. I would be good with Armie, great for either Taylor or Garrett. I would LOVE Taylor Kitsch though, just because he’s such an amazing and charismatic actor (Friday Night Lights) but he’s recently been cursed with two huge flops (John Carter and Battleship). I also saw Josh recently tweet that he was a fan. So yeah, Taylor!

  50. Katniss says:

    For some reason I think Alexander Ludwig would be great…. but I don’t think they can reuse the same actor again.

  51. justusinfinity says:

    Cam Gigandet for Finnick!!!

  52. Kaylee says:

    I love Finnick! I hope a really good actor plays him! I hope they have the sugar cube scene!

  53. kierstan says:

    the only actor that could actually pull of the look of finnick out of these three would be garret hedlund. all the others are great actors and all, but they just dont have that look. and plus, i think garret hedlund is quite a hottie, so hes already got my vote;)

  54. Rose says:

    Honestly, I don’t care who plays Finnick. As long as it’s NOT Zac Efron!

  55. Autumn says:

    Out of these three, Garrett Hedlund gets my vote. However, I really wish Grant Gustin was in the mix. Also, why hasn’t anyone thought of Matt Bomer as Finnick? He would be an interesting choice.

    • justusinfinity says:

      I can not see him with bronze hair! But I like him

    • Camille says:

      Ooh. Matt Bomer. Interesting. Though I agree, I can’t see him with bronze hair. But I think he’s just as good as the other three, if not better. He as a sexy yet sweet look to him.

  56. Paticia says:

    Grant Gustin anyone? I certainly pictured him as Finnick… not any of these three.

  57. Siobhan. says:

    I’m rooting for Garrett. All the way. Out of the three, He’s definately the best fit fo the role of Finnick. :)

  58. Effy says:

    i feel the need to mention that while Garrett may not fit your image of how Finnick should look, he is a really good actor. watch four brothers, that’s a great film of his and his acting in it is perfect. he also changed his appearance for Eragon and Death Sentence and he looks really different in both those roles. I have a lot of faith that he could pull it off as an actor and think he’d be do a great job in the role. besides, Josh Hutcherson doesn’t look like Peeta, but they dyed his hair blonde for the film and I really liked him in the role. So, give Garrett a chance to prove himself if he does get cast.

    • darlamellark says:

      i agree with Effy. and its not like im fully against taylor. i know in they can doll the actors up but he doesn’t seem right for FINNICK.

  59. District12 says:

    Taylor kitsch should the part he got the look and he’s a great actor, and who said he’s not well known he has been in John Carter and battleship, so Taylor kitsch should be finnick.

  60. Finnickfan says:

    Taylor kitsch!!! TAYLOR KITSCH <3

  61. Alexis M. says:

    I think that Finnick should be played by James Gaisford!

  62. darlamellark says:

    garret hedlund or armie hammer!!!!!

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