A Trio of Guys Want to Play Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games Sequel

Catching Fire Novel CoverLooks like casting on Lionsgate’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” is ramping up, with the studio said to be currently stalemate between three notable actors for the role of Finnick Odair, one of the major new faces that will be introduced in the franchise.

Among the actors vying for the part is Armie Hammer, soon to be the Lone Ranger in “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp. He’s in contention along with up-for-everything’s Taylor Kitsch, currently bombing his way through Hollywood studio action films. The two will have to beat out “Tron: Legacy’s” Garrett Hedlund for the gig, though. Hedlund, of course, was the Taylor Kitsch of 2010.

Of course, just because these three names surfaced as being frontrunners for “Catching Fire”, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are the only ones in contention. So, yeah, hedging of bets there, ahem.

So who is this Finnick Odair fellow that all the kids want to play? Well, Odair is a former Games winner, who, along with other previous Hunger Games winners like (SPOILER ALERT!) Katniss and Peeta, are forced to return to the arena for the 75th Annual Hunger Games. Odair becomes a major character beyond “Catching Fire”, and is considered something of a pretty boy. It would actually end up being a pretty complex role.

As you’ll recall, Robert Pattinson was previously rumored for the role, before he confirmed it was all bogus.

Shooting on “Caching Fire” is set for later this year, with a November 22, 2013 release date penciled in. “I am Legend’s” Francis Lawrence will be directing, having taken over for Gary Ross, who directed the first “Hunger Games” before setting sail for greener pastures.

Armie Hammer in J. Edgar (2011) Movie ImageTaylor Kitsch in Battleship (2012) Movie ImageGarrett Hedlund

Via : E! Online