Sam Claflin is ‘the choice’ for the Finnick role in ‘Catching Fire’: good pick?

Sam Claflin

For quite some time (even before the Hunger Games sequels were announced), there’s been much casting speculation as to one character in Catching Fire … Finnick Odair, the irresistable yet damaged playboy victor from District 4. To succeed in the role, the actor in question must not only be devastatingly handsome but also be capable of portraying Finnick’s depth of character. At first, we had fun when Robert Pattinson fell for a rumor that he might be a candidate (poor Sparkles). Then, Taylor Kitsch and Armie Hammer seemed like feasible picks. Most recently, Garrett Hedlund reportedly gave a very promising audition, but now there’s a new dark horse who is probably taking over the show.

According to a new story at Variety, Sam Cleftin is very close to being offered the role of Finnick. Who is Sam Cleftin? He’s an English actor who has appeared in Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and in the words of Kaiser, has demonstrated “an addiction to horrible pants.” Luckily, Finnick Odair wears very little clothing, so no worries there, right? Sam could just wear his costume on the red carpet, and although there’s been no formal acceptance, he’s certainly got the face for the role:

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin

With two blockbusters under his belt, Brit thesp Sam Claflin looks to be lining up one more, as sources tell Variety that the Snow White and the Huntsman star is the choice to play Finnick Odair in Lionsgate’s sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Additionally, sources say three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub is the frontrunner to play Beetee. Melissa Leo had been on the shortlist to play Mags but her reps were informed Tuesday afternoon that she is not getting the part. Regardless of the status of their potential involvement, Claflin and Shalhoub are all on the studio’s shortlist for roles in the highly-anticipated sequel.

Lionsgate and all of the actors’ respective reps had no comment on the casting.

Finnick was the most coveted available role in the Hunger Games sequel, and sources tell Variety that Claflin is nearing an offer. The character, who was 14 when he was selected as a tribute, is one of the youngest to have won the Hunger Games. Katniss does not trust him at first and is hesitant to make Finnick her ally, though he proves to be valuable after he saves Peeta from drowning in the Quarter Quell.

Beetee is an inventor who Johanna Mason nicknames “Volts” due to his knack for using electricity as a weapon. He’s ability to create a forcefield is crucial to the Rebels’ plan to rescue the Hunger Games tributes in the Quarter Quell.

[From Variety]

Huh, Tony Shalhoub as Beetee? I always pictured Alan Cumming for some reason, but maybe the producers wanted someone a little less flamboyant, or maybe Alan was just too busy. Yeah, that’s gotta be it. Hell, at least we’ve got Phillip Seymour Hoffman confirmed as Plutarch, and even though I’m not sure about this Sam Claflin guy, perhaps those of you who have watched SWATH (I haven’t) could tell me whether he’d be a great fit for the Finnick role.

Now back to the issue of Sam’s unfortunate pants. Seriously, does he do this on purpose?

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin

Sam Claflin

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  1. Glimmer Bunny says:

    NO NO NO! I want Garret Hedlund as Finnick so badly. He’s perfect!

    Sam looks too feminine and too British, and his body isn’t that great either :(

    • CTgirl says:

      He looks doughy and his hips are bigger than mine. Not manly enough by half to play Finnick!

    • hmmmm says:

      yes, unattractive body. That’s a deal-breaker, right? He spends a lot of time barely dressed….. Love the Beetee rumor, though!

      • Amelia says:

        Tony S would definitely be cracking as Beetee. But I’d love Sam to be Finnick, he was brilliant in Pirates and he’s done a few good indies as well.

      • Esmom says:

        I’m sure they’ll buff him up with some serious personal training to prep for the role, like they did with the cast of the first installment.

    • Eve says:

      So…he’s the guy with child-bearing hips. The way he stands makes things even worse.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        Do you ever see those dudes on the street? I saw a fat, pear shaped man and from behind he was shaped just like a big woman.

        That’s a bad body on a guy.

      • Eve says:

        I see them all the time. There was one time I saw a guy who looked EXACTLY like a pregnant woman (from the neck down).

    • ema82m says:

      I can’t tell you how much I wanted Garrett!!!!
      Also this Sam guy has the worst facial hair ever…looks like pubes on his chin!

      • Glimmer Bunny says:

        I know! Garret would have been perfect :’( But let’s not lose hope, this hasn’t been confirmed yet…

    • Team Peeta says:

      I totally have to agree with you, i want Garrett Hedlund to play finnick so badly. After seeing him in Eragon and Four Brothers its like hell ya, he has to be finnick! Besides he even has the physical description of Finnick

  2. the original bellaluna says:

    Absolutely NOT! (I refuse to even address his horrible pants situation.)

  3. marie says:

    WTF is he wearing the 4th picture down? Those are horrible pants..

  4. cmc says:

    Nope, doesn’t do it for me. If we’re going for suave Brits, what is Neville Longbottom up to these days?

  5. gee says:

    AH I wanted Armie Hammer!

    • CG says:

      I also want Armie Hammer! This Sam guy, he’s not unattractive, but in Snow White & The Huntsman, he couldn’t even hold a candle to Chris Hemsworth, you know? Like, if Snow White had to pick between those two based solely on their looks, it’s no contest, she picks the Huntsman. So I can’t really see Sam embodying “so hot both men and women have to have him.”

      • gee says:

        Armie Hammer is so pretty though! And for some reason, he screams swim team to me. Like, he should just always be swimming. He was exactly who I pictured.

    • blah says:

      ME TOO!

  6. Aria says:

    He’s cute! +1

    • RocketMerry says:

      Right? Such a pretty little thing, he is. How come I never noticed him in any movie?

  7. Charlotte says:

    Disappointing, he’s so dull.

  8. the original bellaluna says:

    And this guy is supposed to carry Peta over long hauls through the various Games terrain? Peta is NOT a POTC mermaid.

  9. Katie says:

    No way. This is a disastrous casting choice. They are ruining the movie before it even begins. First Jenna Malone, now him. Barf.

    • Glimmer Bunny says:

      At least Jena is a good actress, even though she doesn’t look the part. Sam is both sort of ugly and a bad actor :/

      • cmc says:

        I actually think Jena looks the part. I love that we all read the same book and come up with wildly different mental pictures of the characters :)

      • Naye in VA says:

        I agree with CMC i think Jenna does bitchface pretty well. i dislike her just enough to like her which is pretty much how i feel about Joanna lol.

        as for this guy, eh. He can use a tan but he looks better on screen than in person like in POTC4. I still would rather Garrett. I can stare at those eyes all day *sigh

    • blah says:

      The movie got wrecked when Gary Ross bailed because of the insanely tight production schedule. Now it’s just adding a ton of napalm with a big old pile of dog poo.

      I can’t believe the girl from Stepmom is playing Johanna! She’s so beige bland!

  10. Nona says:

    Sorry, Sam Claflin is not “devastatingly handsome.” Finnick is supposed to stop traffic, and this guy—I’d barely give him a second glance if I passed him on the street.

    • Abby says:

      totally agree. I can think of like 10 other generically hot guys in Hollywood that could play Finnick.

  11. Marianne says:

    This isnt confirmed guys. The only 2 people that are official are PSH and Amanda Plummer.

    • L says:

      Yup. There was alot of attention at first, but alot of tabs think Jena Malone was pulling the ‘rumors are saying she’s getting to part’ to get her foot in the door game.

      Amanda Plummer is the PERFECT choice for Wiress. She was in Law and Order SVU a few years ago and was great.

      • blah says:

        I was going to bitch abt Melissa Leo not being cast but Amanda Plummer is great. If we’re lucky they’ll cast Tim Roth opposite her and change their names to Pumpkin and HoneyBunny.

        EDIT- Melissa Leo was in the running for Mags? MAGS? As in ancient Mags? NM! Bullet dodged!

  12. tripmom says:

    He’s a cutie, and he looks like he has the right amount of smart ass and swagger in him.

    Tony Shaloub as Beetee is PERFECT!

  13. Freckles says:

    These trousers are worn by a huge number of boys / young men in England at the moment. It’s the latest trend. Luckily my boyfriend is just past the age of following trends for the sake of it so is sticking to jeans.

  14. Mia 4S says:

    No one is ever going to be as good as your fantasies. He was the only thing worth watching in that crap Pirates movie. As for the body? Personal trainer. I’ll give him a shot.

    • Glimmer Bunny says:

      Garret Hedlund was the Finnick I had in mind while reading the books so I can guarantee you he’d be just as good as my fantasies :D

  15. Samigirl says:

    I’m a hardcore THG fan and I don’t like it. However, I so LOVE Tony Shaloub as Beetee. I miss monk so much!

  16. Lyssie89 says:

    He’s fine. Not fantastic, not horrible. If the universe was kind, Ryan Kwanten would be Finnick.

  17. Talie says:

    Why do I feel like his agents leaked this, following Jena Malone’s lead? I don’t think he’ll get the same warm reception she got though.

    Garrett Hedlund was a much, much more superior choice and who I pictured all along. Kind of shocked Armie Hammer passed on this though.

  18. lisa says:

    Oh boy. This guy is just not “happening”, you know? He has been in two big blockbusters (POTC and SWATH) and no one even cared. He’s cute, but doesn’t have the charm to pull you in. Bad casting for what is a pivotol role.

  19. TheOriginalKitten says:


    Has he been shopping at Ann Taylor LOFT?
    I’d hit it, but only after a serious talk about the pants situation.

    Other than that, I know nothing about this franchise. Much like Twilight, never cared enough to follow it.

    • Samigirl says:

      Don’t even act like you don’t want mauve and puce pants.

    • ORLY says:

      Hey Kitty – “Much like Twilight” should never ever be used to discuss anything about THG. HA
      I refuse to entertain the idea of Sam Claflin as Finnick. Simply refuse.

  20. Angie says:

    No, no, and no. Absolutely, positively NO.

  21. Lady Lupton says:

    Tony as Beetee is genius casting, better than what I had in my head.

    Sam as Finnick? No. Sorry. Just don’t see it. Hollywood is full of traffic-stoppingly handsome young men, and some of them wouldn’t have to dig deep to play at being psychologically damaged. Why not cast one of them?

    But maybe Sam will surprise us.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I pictured a cross between the Keymaker (Matrix 2) and Mr. Rogers as Volts. But I think Tony’s an excellent choice, as is the actress playing Nuts.

  22. Mrs.Darcy says:

    Ug, no thanks. He was in a few BBC productions this year and he actively makes my skin crawl. Sooo not the hottie needed for Finnick. Hope it’s just his agent trying to hype him, he is nowhere near up to this part. If Ryan Kwanten can be Finnick age wise then the far better choice imo has always be A.Skars even though he is older than the character is supposed to be. He would be perfection.

  23. amanda says:

    What a complete disappointment. This guy isn’t ugly but he is certainly average at best. Although I’m not sure why I expected better from the casting that gave us that short and ugly Peeta.

    • RobN says:

      +1. Poor Katniss looked like she was babysitting her little brother in every scene with tiny little Peeta.

  24. Rachel says:

    I don’t know how I feel about this. However … Melissa Leo as Mags?!?! Seriously??? I’m glad that one was shot down. Mags is supposed to be ancient and bent from age. Barely mobile. They could age Melissa Leo, but her body is too athletic to pull it off.

  25. Esmom says:

    He looks like Hugh Grant when he’s smiling.

  26. Kalira says:

    Call me weird, but I could totally get behind this one. I liked him in SWATH (he was a great distraction from Kristen Stewart’s incessant mouthbreathing). Plus, I’ll have an eternal soft spot after seeing him enthusiastically read parts of 50 Shades of Grey for that MTV interview. Dude really gets into his erotica…

    Tony is a great casting choice, although when I read the books, the Beetee in my head looked a lot like Gary Oldman for some reason.

  27. Nan209 says:

    He’s hippy or at least the hideous pants make him look hippy.


  28. jelly says:

    Silis (not sure about that spelling) from weeds would be perfect

    • Jane1 says:

      Hunter Parrish is the actors name and he would have made a perfect peeta. He’s too short for finnick he’s only 5’7

  29. Chinoiserie says:

    I really hope this is true. I happened to imagine someone that looks just like him when I red the books (I think he looks better in his movies than in these pictures). I just hope he is good enough as am actor.

  30. RobN says:

    Wow, not even close to what I pictured. Finnick turns heads when he walks into a room; don’t think this guy would turn a head at the local Target.

    He’s obviously too old now, but I was picturing somebody who looked like Josh Duhamel. Almost too pretty, but also athletic looking.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes, if there was a fantasy cast where age wasn’t a factor, he’d be perfect.

      (So would Brad Pitt as Peeta, I pictured his younger self when reading the books.)

  31. Sarah says:

    Ever since Jesse Williams was mentioned, I haven’t been able to think of anyone else as Finnick. He’s. Just. Perfect. For. It.

  32. Reece says:

    As for Pillsbury Doughboy up there…*Christian Bale voice* NO! NO! NO! He’s been in 2 “blockbusters” and I cannot picture him without the other people in the movie because he does not stand out. Nothing remarkable about him. He doesn’t have “IT” What are they picking out anybody British and mid 20′s throwing them in a movie, character be damned?

    Shalhoub is Excellent, perfect for Beetee! I didn’t have a physical perception in my mind but character-wise, Yes!

  33. Stormy says:

    To the Hunger Game Gods…whoever the f-ck Riggins is,from Friday Night Lights!!Go with him!Young,tan,sexy as hell,and looks like he’s good with his hands!

  34. JB says:

    That is some super fug neck hair. Not manly at ALL (and I love a scruffy dude).

    • c1 says:

      OMG, I can’t stop grossing out over that either. Seriously, WTF. There is nothing sexy about neck hair – ever.

      I suppose with enough tanning, workouts and waxing he could be alright. I have great trust in the casting dept – otherwise I’d be pretty leery about this rumor right now…

      (I really like Hunter Parrish personally)

  35. annu says:

    What’s wrong with his pants? I don’t get it.

    As long as it’s not anyone from the Twilight, I don’t give a rats brain who’s Finnick, even if I will watch the movies. ‘A dark horse’ might actually be best, regardless if it’s Sam or someone else. As long as they can act, though…

    • c1 says:

      I really like the idea of a dark horse as well. Of all the names/faces thrown out there for Finnick so far, the only ones that come close for me are Hunter Parrish and then some other guy who’s name I can’t remember (Luke something-or-other) but I think both of them are possibly too young and/or small in stature to pull it off. Unfortunately nobody else is close to what I pictured – guess Lionsgate will have to find someone completely new for us instead!

      For some reason I want a guy who’s completely unassociated with any other movie or TV series. A dark horse… hmmn (that isn’t hairy scary, please!)

  36. Hubbahun says:


  37. Olive says:

    FAIL. Prove me wrong Sam!!

  38. jesstar says:


    This sounds like a PR plant.

    *fingers crossed*

  39. Ally says:

    Hell, no. Not even if he shaved his neck. Just…oh, I can’t even. Need beer.

  40. dizzy says:

    No. Garrett Hedlund seems like a better choice.

  41. A says:

    God no. I’m really getting irritated with The Hunger Games casting. This is a perfect opportunity to cast actors/actresses of color. All these white, bland as fuck actors/actresses when I’m positive that there are actors/actresses of color that are just as good.

    One of the writers on Jezebel pointed this out, that the girl who played Pochantas in the Terrence Malick film would have been a great Katniss. She still thought Jennifer Lawerence was fantastic in the role, as did I, but it’s completely possible that someone else could have done just as good as a job. If someone is good enough to be in a Terrence Malick film, they would have been good enough to be in a film like The Hunger Games. However, when the casting call went out they specifically stated “white” (which caused a huge controversy so they had to change it, google it if you want to read Racialious’s interesting take on it), so you know they were biased in favor of white girls anyway. Sure, they auditioned a few actresses of color after they had to change the casting call but considering they wanted a white girl in the first place, you knew that one was going to end up with the role. Again, nothing against Jennifer. I’m not a fan, but I think she’s a good actress (although Saroise Ronan rules all in my opinion). I just think it’s ridiculous how actresses and actors of color keep getting shot down for roles. Jesse Williams would have been great.

    • c1 says:

      Agreed. I really want Johanna to be Latina personally :)

      I can’t get behind anyone who says “What the hell is a Finnick anyway” though – Sorry Jesse Williams!

      I’m with ya on more variation though!

    • Musey says:

      Completely agreed. There’s nothing in the books that says Finnick couldn’t be played by an actor of color, and I’m really disappointed by them casting Jena Malone as Johanna, even when I ordinarily like her.

      I know that Amrita Acharia, the actress who played Irri the Dothraki handmaiden on Game of Thrones, was saying that Johanna was one of her dream roles, and I could absolutely see her having been awesome.

  42. buckley says:

    My gaydar just exploded.

  43. Shy says:

    Only Armie Hammer! Sam looks pretty and nice. But he doesn’t have personality and charisma.

  44. Vera says:

    I was pretty dead set on Garrett Hedlund, but this isn’t actually horrible. Granted, these are some of the most shit pictures I’ve seen of him. In PotC4 and even in Snow White I could totally see him physically looking like Finnick. And I have no shame in admitting that this is in part due to the fact that Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey (who played Syrena, the mermaid love interest of his character) would be the perfect Annie. In my dream world they are Finnick and Annie right now because they were so lovely in PotC4. However, of the two, I’d prefer Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey getting to play Annie and would be perfectly fine with Garrett Hedlund playing Finnick (I’ve seen so much fan casts on Tumblr that I forget they haven’t been cast sometimes). As for Armie Hammer…I don’t want the Winklevoss being Finnick. I’ve only seen him in the Social Network and promos for the shite Snow White, but I have never seen Finnick in him.

  45. CMB says:

    I pictured someone more like Jason Mamoa. I thought Finnick had bronze skin?

  46. INeedANap says:

    Pasty, doughy British actor in the role of bronzed god Finnick?

    Sure. And Kim Kardashian would have made a great Katniss.