Meet Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Joins 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Snow White and the Huntsman star Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yea or nay?

Meet Finnick Odair: Sam Claflin Joins ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

Snow White and the Huntsman star Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yea or nay?

-Lucia Peters

Sam Claflin

The rumors have been bouncing around long enough, so it’s nice to have some confirmation finally: According to the Hollywood Reporter, 26-year-old Snow White and the Huntsman star Sam Claflin has been cast as District 4 tribute Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Finnick won the 65th Annual Hunger Games at the age of 14, which puts him at about 23 during the 74th Annual Hunger Games of Catching Fire. He’s described as being extremely handsome, tall with tan skin, bronze hair, and green eyes; as a result, he’s extremely popular with the people of the Capitol. He’s also known for his endless succession of lovers. Although he seems beautiful, perfect, and dangerous, though, he’s got a secret. A big one.

How did he win his first Hunger Games? His skill with a trident and net (all, District 4’s trade is fishing). According to Katniss, the trident he received from a sponsor was one of the most expensive gifts she’s ever seen in the Games.

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Finnick, of course, is also the role about which most of the fans have had the most concrete ideas about in terms of casting: Some have been rooting for Alex Pettyfer; others have backed Armie Hammer; Garrett Hedlund has been bouncing around in the mix; and so on and so forth. But we’ve known that Sam was the frontrunner for a while now—the rumors started surfacing about a month ago—and you know what? I actually think it’s going to work pretty well. True, up til this point Sam has mostly appeared in mediocre movies like SWATH and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, but he’s given unexpectedly solid performances each time. Indeed, in Pirates of the Caribbean, he actually surprised me in the best way possible with his portrayal of missionary Philip Swift. I had no idea who he was at the time, but he made a character who could very easily have become extremely boring into someone worth watching.

So that’s my two cents. What do you think, Hunger Games fans? Yea or nay on Sam?

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is due for release in November, 2013.

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.


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