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Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Best Choice? + What About Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?

Sam Claflin actorJuly 18, '12, update: Sam Claflin Catching Fire Finnick Odair. A few weeks ago, there were rumors that Twilight actor Robert Pattinson had been offered / landed the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Well, apparently they got the wrong Kristen Stewart leading man. Sam Claflin, Prince William (a.k.a. Prince Charming) and one of Stewart's romantic interests in Snow White and the Huntsman, will reportedly play the trident-fighting Finnick.

Lionsgate and producer Nina Jacobson have “signed off” on Sam Claflin's offer according to zap2it.com. So far, the studio has remained mum about the matter. Francis Lawrence will direct Catching Fire, which stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson. Amanda Plummer was another recent addition to the film's cast.

Rumored Finnick Odair actors

Besides Robert Pattinson, among the previously rumored actors for the role of Finnick Odair were Armie Hammer (who, coincidentally, played Prince Charming in Julia Roberts' Mirror Mirror), Glee's Grant Gustin, Ryan Gosling, and another Kristen Stewart leading man, On the Road's Garrett Hedlund.

So far, in addition to Claflin, Plummer, Lawrence, Hemsworth, and Hutcherson, the Catching Fire cast also includes Jena Malone, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Latarsha Rose, Toby Jones, and Lenny Kravitz.

Sam Claflin movies

In addition to the Rupert Sanders-directed Snow White and the Huntsman, Claflin has only one other major screen credit, the Johnny Depp / Penélope Cruz vehicle Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. And as per the IMDb, Sam Claflin's has only one other feature-film role: in James Strong's sports drama United.

Reported upcoming Sam Claflin movies include Hammer Films' supernatural thriller The Quiet Ones, to be directed by John Pogue, and co-starring Jared Harris; and Amma Asante's Belle, with Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, and Sarah Gadon – who happens to be another Robert Pattinson leading lady (in David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis).

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is scheduled to come out in the United States on Nov. 22, 2013.

Sam Claflin picture: Getty Images.

Jena Malone Sucker PunchJuly 23, '12, update: Jena Malone Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Lionsgate has finally confirmed what just about everyone “knew”: Jena Malone, 27, will be playing the abrasive Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, to be directed by Francis Lawrence, and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson. Expect sparks to fly between Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen and Malone's Johanna M.

In other Catching Fire news, last week, it was announced – without any official confirmation thus far – that Snow White and the Huntsman's Sam Claflin was going to play the handsome fighter Finnick Odair.

In addition to Malone, Lawrence, Hemsworth, Hutcherson, and (apparently) Claflin, the Catching Fire cast also includes Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, Stanley Tucci, Willow Shields, Donald Sutherland, Latarsha Rose, Toby Jones, and Lenny Kravitz.

Jena Malone movies

Though not exactly a household name, Jena Malone has been appearing in movies and on television since 1996. Malone's small-screen roles include guest spots in Chicago Hope, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Touched by an Angel, in addition to recurring roles in Hatfields & McCoys and the recent Dakota, in which Malone has the title role.

On the big screen, Malone's credits include Contact (1997), in which she plays Jodie Foster as a child; a small role in Anthony Minghella's Cold Mountain (2003), starring Jude Law; Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice (2005), as one of Keira Knightley's sisters, Lydia Bennett; Danny Buday's psychological drama 5 Star Day (2011), opposite Twilight's Cam Gigandet; and Zack Snyder's much-lambasted Sucker Punch (2011), with Emily Browning and Vanessa Hudgens.

Besides playing Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, other Jena Malone movie projects include an updated film version of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, directed by Charles Huddleston, and with Malone in a supporting role as Christine Linde; and M. Blash's drama The Wait, in which, as per the IMDb, “two sisters decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life.” Chloë Sevigny co-stars.

Jena Malone Sucker Punch picture: Clay Enos / Warner Bros.

May 29

Robert Pattinson picturesRobert Pattinson will not play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games' sequel Catching Fire. The source for the rumor was an “exclusive” at the website Think McFly Think, which claimed that Lionsgate was after Pattinson for the role. The actor himself, however, has said it's not true, he was never offered the Catching Fire role, and there's no chance he would be offered it, either.

“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” Pattinson, while at the Cannes Film Festival, told USA Today. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent. … My agent was like, 'No,' … no one's going to offer you that part.”

Robert Pattinson as Finnick Odair: Rumor source

The were probably a couple of reasons for the rumor: Francis Lawrence will be directing Catching Fire and Lionsgate has absorbed Summit Entertainment. In 2010, Lawrence directed Robert Pattinson in Water for Elephants, a moderately successful romantic drama co-starring Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz. Summit is the company behind the Twilight Saga movies, starring Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner.

For now, confirmed for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, and Josh Hutcherson.

Robert Pattinson as Finnick: Overwhelmingly negative reaction

Now, one curious thing was the overwhelmingly, at times viciously negative reaction to the announcement that Robert Pattinson might be cast as Catching Fire's Finnick Odair, a character known as a handsome fighter and heartbreaker. (Check out #PattinsonIsNotFinnick on Twitter.) Whether explicit or merely implied, the chief – and quite bizarre – complaint was that an actor associated with Twilight, especially one who sparkles, should not be considered for a movie based on Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games book trilogy.

Here's wondering if the overall reaction will be as negative for the other actors recently rumored (the mill never stops) for the role of Finnick. I mean, is it okay for an actor associated with John Carter and Battleship (Taylor Kitsch) to get the role? What about an actor associated with TRON: Legacy and Eragon (Garrett Hedlund)? Or Mirror Mirror and J. Edgar (Armie Hammer)? Online suggestions for Finnick ranged from Ryan Gosling to Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zac Efron.

Anyhow, Robert Pattinson will not be playing Finnick Odair, but he does have Cosmopolis' Eric Packer to his credit. The unconventional David Cronenberg comedy-drama earned Pattinson numerous positive – some, highly positive – notices in the international media after it was screened at Cannes.

Next in line for Pattinson are two recently announced projects: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire's Mission: Blacklist, about the US military interrogator who helped to capture Saddam Hussein, and David Michôd's thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce. Pattinson's next two Stateside releases are Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, which is currently available on VOD, and the final installment in the Twilight franchise, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, featuring fellow sparklers Kristen Stewart (now vampirized), Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, and Kellan Lutz.

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11 Comments to Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Best Choice? + What About Jena Malone as Johanna Mason?

  1. juana

    Robert Pattinson would have been a GREAT Finnick Odair. I'm sorry he didn't cast even though I also like Sam Claflin.

  2. Marissa

    NOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did the producers NOT read the book?!?!!? This guy has none of the characteristics that make Finnick who he is!!!

    My choice : CHRIS ZYLKA.

    He is PERFECT.

  3. Sofia

    Oh, I think he would be great!

  4. FilmFanatic

    Grant Gustin is sooo more suited to the role of Finnick!!

  5. hungergamesmaniac

    Are you kidding me? I read catching fire a million times this is not the finnick I imagined. Drew Van Acker is perfect for playing Finnick. Please give him a chance! Search him up. He was born to play this character.

  6. FinnickLover

    NO!!!! Please don't!! Finnick is described as having tan skin, bronze hair , and sea green eyes. This person has none of these! Please change him!

  7. kkcoolcat

    What?!!?!?!?! I hope this is a rumor! He does not look like Finnick! I am very disappointed in the producers choice. He looks like to play a person in Shakespeare in love NOT FINNICK!

  8. Evin

    Is refreshing seing a comment like Betty B. There was a article at Den of Geek recently about these kinda o irrational bully behavior between fans and people in general on the web (it's also very instersting).

    But to a hater there's no rationale, there's no proper based argument to built a health and constructive conversation. For instance, to a hater anything remotely related to Pattinson is for Twihards and/or written by twihards. I guess using their way of thinking Cronenberg is a twihard also, since he likes the actor (and already is planning another movie with him).

    I find of bad taste this irrational hate. Can't people have different opinions without being subjected to all this abuse? Can people defend their opinions and differences fiercely and yet in an inteligent and respectful manner?

    The way things work in the www allows this kind of intolerance and awful behavior, but I'm always glad to see people that goes against this (stupid) trend.

    Of course, like I heard before, it's hard to have a logical and sensible conversation with the ignorant , since they tend to reduce the inteligence of a entire room (or in this case the comment space). And I certainly won't lose my sleep over the feable argumentative efforts of the irrational, nobody should.

    PS: I apologize if there's grammar issues within my text, english is not my first language. I'm always learning and constructive critism is always welcome, though

  9. anti

    hey Diana, in what way does altfilm trying to attract twihards? trolls

  10. Betty b

    Again I will Repeat:
    When you carry the banner of truth, for time to time you are bound to have “some readers” come to some illusive  diabolical reasoning as to why you should not heed facts. 

    Alt Film Guide is always receptive, and respectful to “all thespians's” body of work.  The personal attacks toward Alt Film may be due to the fact Alt Film does not follow the herd of malicious personal defamation of actors/actresses in the Movie industry.. feeding the melodramatic trends found all to often on the net today. 

    Anyone looking for un- professional feisty dictums, self- aggrandizing, and disturbing cynicism, Alt Film Guide is not for you. It is a professional site for people looking for professionalism in the world of cinematic art. 

  11. diana

    Altfilm guide pathetically trying to attract Twihards again. Hunger Games fan should avoid this twihard site. Delet me again if you want but that's the truth: you have ZERO crediblity.