Lionsgate confirmed the casting of Sam Claflin for the coveted role of Finnick Odair. This is the highest-profile new role for the Catching Fire movie. Finnick Odair is the handsome and flirtatious tribute from District 4, the fishing district. He is a strong competitor known for his swimming abilities and having a trident for a weapon. The British actor, Claflin is best known for his roles in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman.
(Spoilers below – if you have not read the first book, The Hunger Games)
Catching Fire takes place right after the first movie, The Hunger Games with Katniss and Peeta as the new victors of the games. Their victory is short-lived and the peaceful life they expected to live is cut short when it’s announced the 75th games known as the Quarter Quell will draw from existing Hunger Game victors. Once again, Katniss and Peeta are going to the arena to fight for their lives.
Here’s a breakdown of the confirmed cast for Catching Fire and the characters they play.
Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) as Plutarch Heavensbee: The Academy Award winner takes on the role of the new gamekeeper after the death of the old gameskeeper, Seneca Crane (West Bentley).
Stephanie Leigh Schlund as Cashmere: The actress appeared in The Last Song and will be appearing in the TV series, The Following. She plays Gloss’ sister and is one of the tributes from District 1.
Alan Ritchson as Gloss: The actor appeared in the Blue Mountain State. He plays Cashmere’s brother and is the other tribute from District 1.
Meta Golding as Enobaria: The actress appeared in the Surrogates. She is the ruthless District 2 tribute with fang-like teeth.
Bruno Gunn as Brutus: The actor appeared in Bad Teacher, The Office, Ozand Prison Break. He plays the other tribute from District 2.
Tony Shalhoub as Beetee: The Golden Globe and Emmy award winning actor is best known for playing the germaphobe title character in the USA Network series, Monk. He also appeared in Men in Black and voiced Luigi in Pixar’s Cars. He plays the electronics expert from District 2 with a vital part in the story.
Amanda Plummer as Wiress: The Emmy and Tony award-winning actress is best known for her roles in Pulp Fiction and The Fisher King. She plays the quiet and quirky tribute from District 3.
Lynn Cohen as Mags: The Broadway veteran has appeared in Sex and the City, Munich and Synecdoche. She plays the 80-year-old victor from District 4 and is the mentor to her teammate, Finnick Odair.
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason: The actress appeared in Sucker Punch and in the TBS mini-series, The Hatfields and the McCoys. She plays the uninhibited and out-spoken tribute from District 7.
E. Roger Mitchell as Chaff: The Atlanta-based actor’s credits include Battle: Los Angeles, The Shield and several Tyler Perry projects. He plays the tribute from District 11 who had an accident that left him with a stump for one arm.
Maria Howell as Seeder: The actress appeared in The Color Purple and The Blind Side. She plays the other tribute from District 11 with silver streaks in her hair and golden- brown eyes.
Patrick St. Esprit from Super 8 and Sons of Anarchy is taking the role of Romulus Thread, the ruthless new Head Peacekeeper from District 12.
Other casting is yet to be announced. Returning for the second movie are lead actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland.
Catching Fire is scheduled for a November 2013 release.