Despite other prime roles being locked up for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire it damn near took all summer for Lionsgate to settle on one actor to play former Games' winning Tribute, Finnick. Armie Hammer and Matt Bomer were a couple of names thrown into the casting couch rumor mill, but in the end the studio found their man in Sam Claflin. You may recall having seen this hot young actor previously in Snow White and the Huntsman or Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides.
While Claflin isn't the headlining type yet, he's hardily an unknown actor either. Meaning, he probably represents the perfect balance for a prominent supporting in this blockbuster sequel, as does Jena Malone who was chosen by Lionsgate for Johanna Mason, the Tribute who will butt heads with Katniss Everdeen. Finnick is the fan favorite in the books, in terms of popular newcomers in Catching Fire, so here's hoping Claflin's performance as the tough, pretty boy will appease the masses.
Catching Fire will see Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) closing out their victory tour through Panem, only to end up right back where they started competing in the games. This time the winning duo will enter the Quarter Quell to battle other former champion Tributes picked to return as contestants. Hmmm...kinda reminds me how much I miss the Olympics.