Robert 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.
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.