What a weird state of affairs we find ourselves in—up until last week we thought Robert Pattinson would get cast as District 4 victor Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, then he debunked that rumor and suddenly the race is narrowed down to three frontrunners. At least, according to a source from E! Online. OK, now that I’ve included those caveats, let’s jump into the speculation! A source says that Lionsgate is seriously considering three men for the role: Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, and… Taylor Kitsch? Talk about an unbalanced list!
We talk about Taylor a lot at the Crushable office, mostly because we’re wondering how the hell he’ll be able to maintain his action-movie career after Battleship‘s lackluster showing at the box office. Combine that with the underwhelming John Carter, and we’re worried that Friday Night Lights was the last time that Taylor played a somewhat nuanced character. Don’t get me wrong, he’s really fun in blow-’em-up summer movies, but this is an entirely different kind of blockbuster. Finnick is such an integral character in Catching Fire and Mockingjay that you can’t just drop the part on an inexperienced actor who happens to have starred in some recent big movies.
But the other two rumored frontrunners are absolutely awesome. Both Garrett and Armie were on our list of top contenders for the role; they share that easy charm and, honestly, look like they’ve grown up in a seafaring district of a dystopian nation. They can play boyish but also turn deadly serious where needed; we think either would make a key rival for Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
Of course, the source also told E! Online that the studio might go the completely opposite direction and cast an unknown in the part; think Brad Pitt‘s surprise debut in Thelma & Louise. That’s why I’m tempted to say that this rumor can’t tread water (Finnick pun!), because it seems too unbelievable that the studio would be seriously considering two men who’d be equally perfect and one who isn’t even in their league.
[via Down with the Capitol]
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