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Francis Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has found its dashing Finnick Odair — British actor Sam Claflin, last seen as the gratuitous hunk of man meat in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and as Snow White’s would-be beau in “Snow White and the Huntsman”.
Odair is a regular in “Catching Fire” and the third book, “Mockingjay” (since split up into two films). A former Hunger Games winner from District 4, he’s incredibly handsome and gets all the girls swooning, including lead Katniss Everdeen. But as the story progresses, Finnick’s story becomes quite tragic, including his love for fellow Hunger Games winner Annie Cresta, who will no doubt be cast herself very soon. Depending on how much the script gives his character, he could become a pivotal character in the next three films, or just another handsome background face.
“Catching Fire” picks up where the first “Hunger Games” left off, with winners Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) forced back into the Arena for the Quarter Quell, the every-25-years game where previous surviving winners are pitted against one another. Even when you win, you can’t win in Panem. Sucks, doesn’t it?
The sequel will also star Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Donald Sutherland, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci, and Paula Malcomson.
Lawrence is directing the film, taking over for Gary Ross.
“Catching Fire” catches fire November 22, 2013.