• Tue, Jul 10 2012

The Secret To Casting Catching Fire: Find Actors With The Same Initials As The Characters

Catching Fire fan poster casting rumors initials Finnick Odair Annie Cresta Hazelle HawthorneOn last night’s Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast, our co-host Savanna New hit upon an interesting trend in the Catching Fire casting news: So far, the two actors somewhat-confirmed share the same initials as their characters! We have Philip (Seymour) Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee (PH), and we’re pretty sure that Jena Malone will play Johanna Mason (JM). Seems too much like foreshadowing to be a coincidence, right?

We really know nothing about who else will be filling out the cast, aside from some actors politely saying they might be interested and fans’ own dream casting. So why not play around with initials a little bit? Most of the victor tributes go by one name — Brutus, Cashmere, Gloss, Enobaria, Beetee, etc. — so they can’t be part of this game, but there are a few supporting characters we can make some wild guesses on.

Finnick Odair: Turns out that FO are really unique initials! The only person who immediately comes to mind isn’t an actor, though he is in the news lately: Rapper (and Crushable 25 honoree) Frank Ocean, who came out as bisexual and has opened up about his first same-sex experience in his new song “Bad Religion.” Of course, you’d get backlash from fans who envision Finnick as tanned but still white. But it’s him or puppeteer Frank Oz, who did a great job with Yoda but might be a tad old to play dear Finnick.

Annie Cresta: Here we might be on to something—in the past few years, Anna Chlumsky has had guest roles on 30 Rock and White Collar and now stars in HBO’s Veep. She’s a bit old to play Finnick’s childhood love Annie — they’re both in their twenties, and poor Annie’s insanity makes her comes across as younger — but she’s very striking if you’re looking for someone compelling to play the woman he fights for.

Madge Undersee: …Yeah, I got nothing. Anyway, Lionsgate doesn’t seem committed to bringing in Madge even though she’s a fan favorite.

Hazelle Hawthorne: Fourth time’s a charm? Holly Hunter would kill it as Gale’s mother, a strong woman raising her kids without a father. And because Catching Fire goes a long way toward establishing the Katniss/Gale romance, we need a talented actress to draw us into the Hawthorne family and make a case for why Katniss should make a life with them instead of Peeta.

Really, we’re just dicking around and playing any casting game we can til the movie starts shooting in September. Feel free to add your own matches for these initials in the comments!

Photo: Awesome fan poster from asheathes on Tumblr!

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  • Savanna (@MlleNouveau)

    This is so awesome. Anna Chlumsky as Annie would totally make my 12-year-old self a happy camper.

  • Lilly

    Close but not quite on the initials, but I think Anna Kendrick would make a brilliant Annie Cresta. And about Finnick: he’s described in the book as being tall, tan, and muscular with sea green eyes and bronze hair. It really doesn’t matter to me who plays him, as long as they get the eyes and the hair (which can be done with contacts and hair dye). If whoever they cast looks the part, and can act the part, I’m sure the fans (myself included) will be happy with who they pick. And I really wish Jena Malone wasn’t playing Johanna Mason. I always picture Johanna looking like Naya Rivera, so I’m rooting for Naya to get the part (even if it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen at this point).

  • Daniel James

    Take the J from Johanna (JM) Mason and the H from Plutarch (PH) Heavensbee and find Jay (JH) Hector! As Finnick Odair. I saw a picture on his Imdb that shows what I thought was a real Finnick Odair image; however, they haven’t finalised casting – so it can’t be???

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4453376/

  • Sam

    I really like these! I’m gunning for Shannon Woodward to play Annie, though. I think she would be spectacular.

  • elcamino

    Stephanie Hunt from Friday night Lights would make the best Annie