Sam Claflin officially cast as Finnick in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Lionsgate officially announced today that Sam Claflin has been cast in the highly anticipated role of Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, coming to theaters Nov. 22, 2013. Read on to learn more about Claflin and his character, Finnick Odair.

Speculation on the role of Finnick has been ongoing for months, but today Lionsgate officially confirmed the news (read the press release here at The Huffington Post).

Of all the new faces we will be seeing in Catching Fire, it seems that Finnick’s has been the most anticipated for the fans of the books. Whether you find he fits the role or not as of now, you cannot deny that he must be bringing something special to the film based on the extensive casting processes that go on for these roles.

Just in case you need a refresher on the character of Finnick Odair, here is a short bio from The Hunger Games Wiki based on Suzanne Collins’ novel (spoilers ahead!):

The male tribute from District 4. He won the 65th Hunger Games by using a net he wove himself and a trident he received as a gift from sponsors; District 4’s trade is fishing. Finnick is described as being one of the most stunning, sensuous people on the planet. He is known for his attractive sea green eyes and bronze hair.

So who is this Sam Claflin, you ask?

Claflin as William in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’
Photo: Universal Pictures

He most recently appeared as Snow White’s childhood friend, William, in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). He also starred in the summer blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), as the mercenary Philip. An English actor who got his start on the TV miniseries The Pillars of the Earth in 2010, Claflin is certainly rising fast in Hollywood. If not already, his face will be widely known once The Hunger Gamesfranchise is over.

What do you think of the casting? Although I was holding out hope for Armie Hammer, I can certainly get on board with Claflin. Ironically they have both starred as the “prince” figure in Snow White films (Hammer was in 2012’s other Snow White flick, Mirror, Mirror). Either way, I am definitely excited to see such a fascinating character portrayed on the big screen, and hope that Claflin does him justice.

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