Official Casting: Sam Claflin To Play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Sam Claflin to play Finnick Odair

It’s…OFFICIAL! Sam Claflin hasn’t necessarily been the most popular choice in all fandom circles, but he HAS proven to be very charismatic and performed well in a number of acting roles. We’re inclined to give Lionsgate the benefit of the doubt, but will YOU?

Santa Monica, CA, August 22, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.

After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.   He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONESopposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.

Here’s a little reminder of what Finnick is described at in the book:

Finnick Odair is something of a living legend in Panem. Since he won the Sixty-fifth Hunger Games when he was only fourteen, he’s still one of the youngest victors. Being from District 4, he was a Career, so the odds were already in his favor, but what no trainer could claim to have given him was his extraordinary beauty. Tall, athletic, with golden skin and bronze-colored hair and those incredible eyes.

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8 responses to “Official Casting: Sam Claflin To Play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

  1. I am going to trust the casting director! I mean they must have seen something in him that they liked, or else he wouldn’t have been castes. And I have like him in the movies that he has been in, he seems like a good actor! I’m excited to see how he plays Finnick!

  2. Definately not the best picture of him, I didn’t even realize he was the missionary in pirates, but with some googling, I can definately see him as Finnick. Not my first choice but I’ll trust that he’ll pull it off.

  3. Never seen him act.. Is he good? Not how I imagined but neither were the rest of the characters and they were freaking amazing 🙂


  4. I actually don’t mind him. I agree with Alyssa- they obviously saw something in him that made him different from the rest, and he’s a good actor, so I have no doubt that he can become our Finnick.

    Now I just have to accept that no one in the world is beautiful enough to play Finnick, except for Finnick himself, and that Sam Claflin is good enough.

    Everyone’s getting upset about this. But I’m relieved. Can you imagine if someone like Grant Gustin was cast as Finnick? (No offense intended towards Grant Gustin/Glee Fans).

    • I totally agree with you. They all must have saw some Finnick in him.
      I am not familiar with his acting but mostly everyone says they like him.
      Finnick is just an individual and the best we can get is an actor who may be able to be like Finnick, but can’t pull off being the actual Finnick. (If you know what I am saying)

  5. I dont think that Sam is a good choice for Finnick, i dont know why but i just dont think hes a very good match.
    In The Hunger Games they chose actors that went really well with their characters like Alex as Cato couldnt of been a better match but Sam just doesnt seem very Finnickish to me

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