By Dina Ginzburg
This is getting plain ridiculous! If we hear one more rumour about who’s supposedly playing Finnick in the movie adaptation of CATCHING FIRE, we’re going to assume that the director is purposely toying with HUNGER GAMES fans! The latest actor on the long list of Finnick possibilities is Sam Claflin, from SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.
According to Variety, the movie studio is close to making Sam an offer…but we’ve also heard that in regards to 20 other actors. We bet that if Lionsgate announced tomorrow that the role of Finnick was given to the cat that played Mrs. Norris in HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE, fans would be happy because at least they would finally get a concrete answer. The suspense is terrible!
The director wants Oscar-winner Melissa Leo to play Mags, Finnick’s timeworn mentor who enters the fray herself. She certainly looks a little young for the part, but that’s the magic of the movies…and a really good makeup artist! Meanwhile, Tony Shaloub is being considered for the role of Beetee, the bomb and weapon maker that plays an important part in the rest of the series.
If this entire casting situation has taught fans anything it’s that finding the perfect actors is far from easy. Especially with such a well-loved and famous series, everyone’s expectations are high and the pressure is on!