Books into Movies: Hunger Games - Catching Fire (Finnick Casting Rumor Frenzy)

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All week people have been going crazy about casting for Finnick in Catching Fire. It's the craziest thing. There is such a frenzy from all the rumors over this. Who's in? Who's out? Have they made a decision yet? I feel like I have read twenty articles in the past week detailing what's been happening. So, I'm going to summarize for you lovely readers. 

1. E! Online declares that produces have narrowed it down to Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Armie Hammer, but that unknowns may also be looked at.

2. Taylor Kitsch writes a letter to the Los Angeles Times saying that he will not be Finnick. People now count on there fingers...this means we're down to two right? 

3. Lainey Gossip reports that  "Multiple sources tell me that Armie Hammer is far and away the first choice of director Francis Lawrence. That if it were up to him and 'if he could start tomorrow with his dream cast, Armie would be Finnick' ”. So this means Armie Hammer is the front runner for Finnick....right...

4. Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games, comes to the rescue to squash all the rumors! Apparently they haven't even narrowed it down yet!
The Los Angeles Times:
"That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” Nina Jacobson told us on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
But are the filmmakers taking fan input into account while seeking out their Finnick? Not entirely, says Jacobson.
“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand,” she said. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”

Some news sources claim that Nina Jacobson may be bluffing just to prolong the anticipation. Time will tell, but as a result we are back to square one. Here's a condensed version of the frenzy that took place:

3 guys = Finnick
2 guys = Finnick
1 guy = Finnick
∞ = Finnick

So yes, I'm sad once more. It seems like we aren't any closer to discovering who Finnick will be. I could either see Armie Hammer or Garrett Hedlund. But I honestly don't care if they choose an unknown as long as he can act. Who do you want to play him? Any suggestions? Thoughts below!


  1. I think Armie Hammer would be great as Finnick! He can act and he looks the part I think.

  2. I'm a big fan of Garrett, so I'm cheering for him, but I doubt that any of those three will be the final decision. "/

  3. I say either Garrett Hedlund or Alex Pettyfer...I just hope they pick the right guy!! I'm really hoping for one of those two! Both can pull off that really cocky but also sensitive character.

    Sierra @ Yearning to Read