Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer May Be Up for THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Role

     May 29, 2012


Recently, Robert Pattinson (Twilight) put rumors to rest and confirmed he would not be jumping franchises to join The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire.  The role in question was that of Finnick Odair, a fellow contestant in the games of the second book from Suzanne Collins’ bestselling trilogy.  It’s now looking like the frontrunners for the role may be Taylor Kitsch (Battleship), Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) and Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror).  While the casting might seem a bit premature at the moment, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is on a bit of a short schedule owing to star Jennifer Lawrence’s prior commitments and a screen debut of November 22nd, 2013.  Presumably returning for the sequel to Lionsgate’s newest moneymaker are Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland with director Francis Lawrence.  Hit the jump for more on the casting of Catching Fire.

The casting speculationThe-Hunger-Games-IMAX-poster comes courtesy of E! (via The Playlist), which includes Kitsch, Hedlund and Hammer as well as the consideration of an unknown in the role.  Without giving any of the story away, the character of Finnick is another tribute, somewhat older than Katniss and Peeta, who is forced to participate in the games that occur in Catching Fire.  Kitsch is the oldest of the bunch, followed by Hedlund and Hammer, but that has little to do with the casting.  What may have more to do with the studio’s decision is whether or not Kitsch’s unfortunate 2012 box office record has poisoned their punch.  Hammer, whose  Mirror Mirror went quietly into the night, is on board for another franchise in The Lone Ranger opposite Johnny Depp next year, so his schedule may be prohibitive.  Hedlund’s had the best year of the three by virtue of attrition, with On The Road receiving generally favorable reviews at Cannes.  Whatever the choice, we should expect to hear some more concrete news in the next week or so.


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  • Deadpool

    I think Hedlund is the best choice out of the 3.

  • SP1234

    Hammer is the best actor out of the three (loved him in J. Edgar, so heartbreaking in that movie), but I don’t see him as Finnick. I like Kitsch a lot too, and this is coming from a huge John Carter fan, but they’ll put the box office numbers against him. So on that note, probably Hedlund.

  • Ashley

    I am so hoping, my dream cast of Hedlund is. When I was reading the books (2 and 3) I literally pictured him. I really can’t see anyone else. But that is coming from an obsessive fangirl. He is pretty freaking sexy though (;

  • B4i4Q

    I really love Taylor Kitsch but with a new director on board, if the quality suffers the fans will look for a scape goat. He is filming Lone Survivor in Sept so may have a scheduling conflict. Armie Hammer looks like a total preppie so not sure how you make him into a male hooker with any success. The screen tests will give them Finnick when all is said and done.

  • CL

    I wouldn’t say any of these names jump out at me as Finnick, but I’ll go with Taylor “Box Office Poison” Kitsch. I think he’ll do pretty well and the dude needs a break. He should really pushing for this role since no way will Catching Fire bomb

    • B4i4Q

      I would agree with you but a new Director makes it dicey and Taylor has had enough blame tossed his way…

      • CL

        Normally i would agree with you too but HG fans are like Twlight fans. Twilight movies still break box office records and they’re constantly changing directors and constantly terrible movies haha. Catching Fire can’t lose.

  • Alexiel

    I’ve been dreaming about Taylor Kitsch being Finnick since I read the books two years ago!
    It would work as a compensation for choosing Josh Hutcherson as Peeta, such a hideous dwarf shouldn’t be allowed in Hollywood.

    • TophFan

      Yes, please perpetuate the notion that Hollywood should only cast individuals who look good enough for the runway, because in no way does that inhibit true talent from going far in the film industry……………

      • vxx


  • TophFan

    Armie Hammer is the only one that I believe has the acting chops. With both Social Network and J. Edgar under his belt, sliding into the role of Finnick would be a no-brainer.

    On a side note, I’m really sick of fans of pretty much any franchise that only care about a pretty face when casting a movie. Dreamy eyes and chiseled cheeks are not a capable actor make!

    • CL

      Isn’t Hammer’s career too big for this role now? I mean he’s gonna be the title character in a summer, mega-budget Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp. Finnick seems like a step down for him.

    • mox

      Well, for this particular role, the actor has to be impossibly handsome with a great body bc that’s how hhe was written in the books

  • helena

    Garrett Hedlund just got rave reviews for his turn in On The Road at Cannes. He is the best of the three no doubt about it. Hammer too much a disney Prince. Not Finnick at all.

    • Strong Enough

      say WHAT? Disney prince? you do realize that was just a role right?

      he was suburb in Social network

  • Eirin

    Armie Hammer is perfect!
    He IS Finnick!

  • Griz

    I really liked Garrett in Tron Legacy & Four Brother & Troy . . . . and as much as i would love to see Armie Hammer take all the roles he can get (the dude’s freakn’ awesome) he’d be too damn tall standing next to the actors playing katniss & peeta

    I dare say, he might come off as Paternal . . . . . so my vote is definitely for Hedlund!

  • Dre Dre

    Not Kitsch. Im fine with both Hedlund and Hammer. Yeah honestly they are both really good. Probably Hedlund would be my choice….Actually Ryan Reynolds was my first choice, but thats not gonna happen :(

  • CocaineHeart

    Kitsch or Hedlund FA SHO.

  • Woody

    Just not Kitsch, he’s too much of a working-class type for this role. The other two? Better.

  • hesan1gga

    no one will watch catching fire because these guys have a role, they’ll go because they like the book or like the prior movie. people rarely watch movies because of certain actors. the role should be solely based on who does the best job at doing it.

  • derek

    wow cat fights. keep your panties on girls. they’re all decent choices.

  • te720

    I think that Hedlund is the best choice. He’s the closest to my mind’s eye image of Finnick while reading. Hammer would probably do OK, but I’m not a fan of Kitsch.

  • Emma

    No to Kitcsh, I believe it’s already been proven the guy isn’t box office material with both John Carter and Battleship failing.
    And Hedlund? I really don’t understand the big deal over him. I have seen Tron Legacy, Four Brothers and Country Strong and he is was just terrible. He has zero personality and no charisma or screen presence what’s ever.

    So I guess that just leaves us with Hammer. Who in my opinion honestly, is not a bad choice.

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  • chris

    Garrett Hedlund!!

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  • JJ

    Hammer is simply perfect for the role.

  • nelson

    hammer it is a no brainier

    for 1 hedlund and taylor both have zero charisma and are quite bland and both have little to no range

    hammer is full of charisma and presence and has tons of range

    he can do comedy – mirror mirror
    drama – social network and j edgar

    not to mention he has give better performances than the other 2

  • Stephens

    I think that Taylor Kitsch is out, he said in an interview for Savages that he wouldn’t consider taking the part at all. It was a straight up no. I doubt that the studio would want to go for a guy who has no interest in the role.

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  • Rem

    You guys are missing out by only thinking of white guys.
    Jesse Williams (Cabin in the Woods) would also be a great choice.


  • Cypher

    If those are the frontrunners, they need a new casting director.

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