Lionsgate and the filmmakers of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ have announced that British actor Sam Claflin (‘Snow White And The Huntsman,’ ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’) has landed the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel ‘Catching Fire.’
Charismatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
Also joining the sequel will be Lynn Cohen (‘Synecdoche, New York,’ ‘Sex in the City’), who will take the role of Finnick’s former mentor, Mags.
Haitian-American actress Meta Golding (‘Surrogates’) has been cast as Enobaria, a former career tribute from District 2 who is known for the particularly brutal, disturbing way in which she came to win The Hunger Games.
‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor Patrick St. Esprit and Bruno Gunn (‘Bad Teacher’) are attached to play Romulus Thread and Brutus respectively. Alan Ritchson (‘Blue Mountain State’) has nabbed the role of Gloss, a former Career tribute from District 1, and E. Roger Mitchell (‘Battle: Los Angeles’) is set to play Chaff, a tribute from District 11, who won the 45th Annual Hunger Games. Maria Howell is locked in for the role of Seeder, a former victor from District 11.
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a special edition of the Hunger Games that pits past victors of any age against one another.
The sequel will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in the best-selling trilogy.