• Wed, Aug 22 2012

Sam Claflin Is Officially Finnick Odair In Catching Fire… And Hunger Games Fans Are Divided

Sam Claflin Finnick Odair Catching Fire castingThe wait is finally over: Lionsgate announced today that Sam Claflin has been cast as District 4 victor/deadly fisherman/everyone’s real Hunger Games dream guy over Gale and Peeta, Finnick Odair. We’ve known for weeks that Sam was a frontrunner, but it still comes as a shock because there were so many names attached to this, arguably the most important new role in Catching Fire, and no two fans seemed to agree on who was best equipped to step into Finnick’s, er, golden net.

Personally, I’m kinda bummed because I’d always envisioned Armie Hammer or Garrett Hedlund as Finnick. That said, Sam is a passionate actor who has truly committed to his roles in subpar movies (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Snow White and the Huntsman), so it’s encouraging to think that he’s going to get an incredibly meaty part in a celebrated book series.

But how does the fandom feel about this?

"give the fandom a heart attack now" Wes Bentley Sam Claflin Finnick Odair

My impression from Twitter and Tumblr is that fans are most excited about Finnick finally getting cast, because it means that shooting can commence very soon and we’ll be that much closer to the release of Catching Fire. Regarding Sam himself, opinion is split: Plenty of people are raging about how he’s completely wrong for the role, others are grudgingly accepting the casting, some are genuinely psyched, and a few had never even heard of him. Overall, I’m really proud of Hunger Games fans for not throwing a tantrum that their dream guy didn’t make it. I especially love what the Fireside Chat podcast tweeted about any possible controversy:

Remember: If you’re upset about this casting decision, that’s OKAY! You’re allowed to be disappointed, mad, etc. Hopefully once we see the film, Sam Claflin will have us all convinced that he was the best choice for Finnick.

Obviously we have to trust in Lionsgate and Sam to do Finnick justice. Also, I can honestly say that he seems like a sweetheart. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Snow White and the Huntsman a few months back, and he was just so effusive and easygoing. He talked about forming a bromance with co-star Chris Hemsworth and wasn’t shy about detailing an action scene where he was a complete klutz. He was personable and genuinely enthusiastic about his role, so I have no doubt that he’ll bring the same energy to Finnick.

Also, maybe this photo will help get you to envisioning Sam as Finnick:

Finnick Odair Sam Claflin net

It feels so weird that the biggest casting news is now behind us. Though there are a few parts yet to be cast, now we have to sit around waiting for on-set photos to get tweeted and for the latest funny anecdotes from Sam.

Photos: Sean Thorton/WENN.COM; Pinterest; David Roemer for Wonderland Magazine

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  • Jenni

    I feel bad but SWATH ruined him for me. Anyone who would kiss the apathetic Snow White turns me off. Sorry Sam.

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  • jessie

    I think Sam is the best choice to be cast a finnick.. Armie and Garrett are both gorgeous, but they don’t seem to fit in the Finnick figure here. Armie has this charming look which is perfect for a role of a guy with a serious job like the one in J.hoover. And Garrett has this delicious bad boy looks (which Finnick is all about) but he doesn’t quite fit in to the image of fantasy movies like hunger games. He’s more like an “action” guy with cars and guns. Sam’s looks (and the photo, hmm, he should hire you to be his PR, Jenni.. well done!) fit perfectly in movies like SWATH and pirates (which might be the reasons he got the parts) and hunger games.

  • geri

    I am on the fence about this decision. A few ladies around
    my office at Dish and I had our hearts set on Armie Hammer to play to roll of
    Finnick, so I am pretty disappointed that they went a different direction. At
    the same time, I couldn’t say if that decision to cast Claflin is good or bad
    because I’ve never seen him act in anything. I will have to watch Snow White
    and the Huntsman the second it comes out to get a feel for his acting. Luckily,
    I can reserve a copy of it from the Blockbuster@Home service through my Dish
    account, which makes it super easy to rent. I might as well check out Pirates
    of the Caribbean while I’m at it, since it’s
    no hassle to rent that one either. I’m just happy the suspense over this
    casting choice is finally over!

  • Livid

    MY EYES ARE BROKEN NOW DX FUCKING NO!!!!!! Chace Crawford, if anyone should’ve played Finnick, not this scum they scraped off my fucking tub!

  • Dede

    He is not sexy. While finnick in the book is really sexy! I say to lions gate to change him for someone who doesn’t seem SO OLD!!!!!!