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Sam Claflin Is Finnick Odair For THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE!!

The Kidd here...

The next chapter of THE HUNGER GAMES just landed a big piece to the puzzle, as Lionsgate today announced Sam Claflin would be taking on the crucial role of Finnick Odair for CATCHING FIRE, as had been long rumored. 

Claflin was recently seen earlier this summer in SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN as the son of the Duke. Before that, his biggest role to date was as the missionary Philip in PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES. In both cases, they were rather bland and lifeless performances that brought nothing to the table for either film.

I wasn't a big fan of the first HUNGER GAMES film, feeling it missed the mark on a lot of the important points that made the book so good. As a result, I've passed on reading further ahead, as maybe not having that comparison to make may allow the film adaptations to play better. But I showed my wife, an avid reader and fan of the novels, Claflin's picture when the casting came down, and her reaction: a disparaged "Nooooo..." followed by "Ewwww..." When asked for clarification, she told me she just didn't see it. I've talked to a few other big HUNGER GAMES fans since then, and I've gotten similar reaction. Doesn't sound like even the die-hards are impressed. 


-Billy Donnelly

"The Infamous Billy The Kidd"

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  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!

    by satchel

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    so hot right now

    by satchel

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    ...because I'm catching fire

    by satchel

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    not because I have VD.

    by satchel

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Should have been Charlie Hunnam

    by mgmontgomery

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by parissun

    Now who is this guy and who really cares?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Hunnam? errr... no.

    by mcgillj

    Sorry but no way.. Love SOA but I definitely don't see Hunnam... Then again I don't see this guy either. Finnick is good looking.. But he's also a difficult character who's damaged.. But a mountain of a warrior who is used by the wealthy patron ladies of the capitol.. While only holding a soft spot for only one person.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST



  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    Should have been Jensen Ackles

    by keyserSOZE

    He is perfect for the role.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Does anyone still care about this running man ripoff.

    by Norman Colson

    Seen the first movie, was serverly underwhelmed... The only thing i liked was the white girls' ass. she's cute but that's it. I wasnt entertained at all.. Sad when the black kid died but hey it was a fight to the death...

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    Zack Norman is Sammy in Chief Zabu!!!

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    That headline carries about as much weight as Sam Claflin Is Finnick Odair.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CST

    I can't stand people who bitch about how the book is better

    by JeffManSixtyFo

    Glad to see you got rid of the cowboy icon Billy. It was 'tarded.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    I think Charlie Hunnam is busy with SoA and Pacific Rim right now.....

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

  • and the movie was sucky too of course.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:34 p.m. CST

    I wasn't a big fan of the first HUNGER GAMES film

    by DrBathroomMD

    Well color me shocked.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    The 3rd book was the best.

    by Jonathan


  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Well too bad

    by zer0cool2k2

    My wife was really hoping that Taylor Kitsch would be running around clothed only in a fishing net for Catching Fire. And he does fit the damaged warrior mold. (See Friday Night lights). Guess he's got a bad rep now after three lackluster box-office outings though.

  • and gets his wife in on the fun too!

  • At least he got rid of his stupid cartoon. What would make Billy a must read (no matter how stupid and pointless the subject matter) is if he does a six degrees of seperation between his topic and a random hottie pic that goes with the review.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Watched it last weekend. Really, surprised that I liked it.

    by SergeantStedenko

    I think a lot of my liking it has to do with Jennifer Lawrence. And not because I think she's hot. I actually don't think she is that hot. But, she is totally the girl next door, which was perfect for this role. He understated acting also worked well for the believability of a backwoods girl caught up in this extraordinary situation. Her subtle emotional notes are way more effective than typical your Hollywood starlet's overacting. Biggest surprise, was that I didn't hate the shaky-cam, which I usually despise. But, it totally worked her in the context of a Reality TV Show, which is what the Hunger Games is all about.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Nobody can really know till we see him act in that character

    by Mazzer

    In the book, he's a handsome, conceited, gigalo joe-type, although there are aspects of his history and motivations that make you view him differently later in the trilogy. So judging from the picture above, he seems to fit the bill, but it's how he plays this multi-faceted personality that will matter.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Excuse the grammar in my above post

    by SergeantStedenko

    You get the point.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    dumbest fucking names in all of film history

    by nephilim138

    Fuck the writer of this worthless series.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    I love the "film no one cares about" argument

    by keyserSOZE

    Especially since the first one made $685 million at the box office worldwide. Clearly no one cares about this movie.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Finnick is arab isn't he?

    by knowthyself

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Collins writes me dark. Hollywood casts them white.

    by knowthyself

    Jesus christ.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Collins writes them dark. Hollywood casts them white.

    by knowthyself

  • That being said, this whole trilogy +1 thing is going to pretty quickly degenerate into a bunch of teenage girls screaming for Team Gale vs Team Peeta. This is Twilight 2.0 and I will stay away from the rest if these movies. Maybe when all four are completed, Ill get a handle of Jack and sit down and watch the crent the remaining three movies when they are out to rent

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Also Kidd, you picked the worst picture of this guy.

    by knowthyself

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:48 p.m. CST

    You're all missing the biggest news here -- Billy is married

    by ATARI

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Haters here...

    by katchoo67

    they spew venom at anything but their beloved 'Community.'

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Hating on the hunger games???

    by Norman Colson

    I could give two shits about community... lol I just didnt care about the movie. it just didnt excite me. i grew up on gory adrenaline fueled 80's movies. i've seen better fight to the death's. why would you place kids in a fight to the death program just to prove a point... But i really want to see when the people revolt and tear that capital city down. that's where it should get pretty violent!!!!! Hell yes!

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST


    by Darth Macchio

    The whole concept of the book sounds absurd to me. There, I said it. Same for "50 shades of Grey" but that's another story... Seriously tho - do they have any exposition as to how and why the world got the way it's portrayed in the books and the movie? The original story for Running Man was a short-story and gave a very brief run-down of that alternate but not too distant future and why things were the way they were. Not for the movie as that was completely changed but the actual written conceits story did work. I presume Hunger Games takes place in the future but not hundreds of years in the future yes? So, what gives? How did a tiny section of the population come to enslave the infinitely larger remaining numbers of the population as indentured servants willing to sacrifice their own children for fucking anything?!?! And those people are like the worst visual metaphor of Marie Antoinette right? And it's the whole planet yes? Not just the states? I mean, if it was just the states, it probably couldn't happen unless all other people outside of the states died instantly the moment one of the "haves" put on their powdered and garish wig. Outside of extensive exposition and back-story possibilities - this whole thing stinks of glaringly convenient and bull-shit plot devices. I'd be happy to be wrong on that of course...

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:28 p.m. CST

    @darth macchio

    by Norman Colson

    they did give us a brief history on the worldview of the hunger games i think in like the aftermath of ww3, there was only the midwest and the central states left so they unified into 12 districts... something like that jazz... but somewhere im sure they'll mention the outside world. im surprised that the outside world beyond former america's shores wasnt mentioned who know what they're up to. it wasnt mentioned in the first movie. Does anyone know if they mention the rest of the world in the other books?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 2:42 p.m. CST

    If you care about this movie, you are a tweenager or a complete idiot.

    by golden tribw

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST



    No, they don't mention the rest of the world in the books. Quite a bit plot hole. All they say is that war and climate change has changed either the USA or North America into Panem. Rising sea levels have transformed the coasts. Panem is split into districts spread across the country and The Capitol is in The Rocky Mountains. And to whoever asked about the time frame, I think it is set hundreds of years in the future. Far enough that the tech to make high flying jets and missiles etc has been forgotten. Not sure if this guy can play Finnick. He's nothing like I pictured. Can he play someone who every woman in the country is in love with. Someone who knows this and uses it to gain what he wants by prostituting himself in return for secrets?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:09 p.m. CST

    If it weren't for Jennifer Lawrence, Winter Games would be nearly unwatchable.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    And Thank God she was in practically every scene, because without her presence it would have been awful. My favorite gripe? Did EVERYONE in the audience shop at the same cheesy "futuristic" section of Target?

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:43 p.m. CST

    good looking@superjim

    by Norman Colson

    thanks for the info. it still makes no sense that there's no mention of the "outside" world in the entire trilogy. i mean even in battle royale they mention the outside world when they exposed the battle royale fights...

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:50 p.m. CST

    openpodbay, I concur

    by SergeantStedenko

    Imagine if it were Kristin Stewart instead of Lawrence. You'd be rooting for her to die. Whoever's idea it was to cast Lawrence deserves the lion's share of the profits, this thing made, because otherwise you have had one notch above a made-for-tv SyFy movie.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    ghost and superjim

    by SergeantStedenko

    In a totalitarian state it would make sense that the inhabitants would have no idea of the world outside. Haven't read the book, but from what I understand it is from the perspective of Katniss, so therefore the reader only knows what limited knowledge she knows.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 4:31 p.m. CST



    Yeah, you are right. The book is written in first person and Katniss would have no idea what's happening in the rest of the world. In fact, a big deal is made of the fact that citizens know next to nothing about the other districts of their country. However (minor spoilers), as the series progresses she is in contact with quite a few important and knowledgable people who WOULD know what is happening and it's never mentioned. It's implied that Panem is the only place left as one of the plot points is about having enough people left to sustain the human race. I just kept wondering why the rest of the world didn't step in when I was reading the books. It would have just taken one throw away line to say they were all dead or something and the chance was there at least once in the books.

  • hunger games is dystopia lite...only made popular because for some strange reason, scholastic distributed the series the books are poorly written and the author is a cheat, by making them all written from the first person perspective the author is also a sociopathic liar...which makes sense as she comes from tv and almost everyone who works in that genre is also one no new ground is covered in her books...all she did was dumb down the material for the tweener crowd aicn should not be excited by any hunger games should be appalled

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    I actually think the haters of the Hunger Games(books) are mainly losers

    by Andrew Coleman

    Also why hate on it if you didn't read it. If it's not for you it's not for you but don't go on and say it's terrible or people are stupid for liking it if you yourself haven't read it. The movie was a mess though. The director's approach was terrible. Only the actors kept it afloat. Most of the hate aimed at the book though I think is out a jealousy. A lot of people wish their self-published books would become big hits but don't. I think also people who lack social lives become angry when something becomes "big" because they are not a part of it.

  • zombie apocolypse...told from all parts of the world. very well written, couldn't put it down...then finished a Michael Connelly book just for some popcorn, finished in 2 days... as for the hunger games, are they not for girls, ala the twilight series?...& if your a male over 12, did you get you mommy or little sister to purchase it for you...oh forgot about amazon anonymity. step up your reading game guys...grab some James Ellroy or something challenging... I personally recommend The Terror, Drood & Black Hills by Dan Simmons...highly addictive. if you are attracted to the hunger games...stop, then pick up Kings The Long Walk! can understand adults reading Harry Potter, but picturing dudes sitting on a patio reading the hunger fuck it. not trying to be pretentious, but...whatever.

  • Aug. 22, 2012, 10:38 p.m. CST


    by Aaron Johnson

    WTF! Did they even read the books. What did he sign for free or is the casting director sleeping with this "Finnick"

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Books Vs. Their Filmed Adaptations

    by DanteCubit

    I have not seen The Hunger Games film yet, but I read all three books, and it got me thinking about how I consume entertainment. Many people have told me that they would rather see a film before reading the novel it was based on. They feel that if they read a book, the film may take the book in a different direction than they imagined when reading it, and so they would rather not have that happen. I feel the exact opposite. If I see a film first, and then I read the original novel it was based on, when I imagine the characters, I'm imagining the faces of the actors in the film. This has always annoyed me. I would much rather experience the novel as it was meant to be read first. Otherwise, the book experience will be tainted by my movie experience.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 1:12 a.m. CST

    World War Z . . .

    by DanteCubit

    Put it down many times. Not very engrossing. Kinda rambles. I'll pick it up again, but not before reading The Hobbit again.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:28 a.m. CST

    not very engrossing!?...are you serious?...

    by ponyboy

    you put it down many times?!..HA!.... well I suggest you stick to books geared toward teenage put down WWZ many times, yet you finished the hunger games trilogy!?! I hear Winnie the Pooh is totally engrossing, sounds like it might be on your level. are you a guy or a chic...cuz if you're a guy & that is your reading material, I'm sorry dude, that's the gayest shit I've heard all week. try Judy Blume next you'll love it, maybe you'll read that whole series as well. I finished WWZ in three days...thus VERY well written & VERY engrossing. to each his own I guess...the character names alone in the hunger games makes me fucking seriously wasted a lot of time on, oh who fucking cares

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:26 a.m. CST

    i tried to read hunger games, i also took college lit

    by walt

    know what i learned. anyone who writes this sort of a novel from the first person, is cheating collins gets away with a lot, cuz she never has to explain a thing...its all coming from katnips pov and because she cheats, she is also able to get away with page after page writing about food and clothes...cuz thats what teen girls love it is written for tweens, but would have had no sales were it not for scholastic...who should not be a pimp for trash

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 3:31 a.m. CST

    The Hunger Games: The most nonsensical piece of guff...

    by Darkness

    i ever saw. A film that was afraid to see it through. what's with the pantomime sets and gaudy costumes? Liz Banks looked fookin' ridiculous. Give me, "Hard Target" any day of the week. Lets hope the Hunger Games sequel does catch fire.

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    thank you waltkovacs....

    by ponyboy

    someone with some literary knowledge...& who doesnt get sucked into the teenage girl realm of books & think they are the gospel. you guys should not be reading this crap for girls, it's embarrassing to read some of these earnest posts on this series. wow!

  • Aug. 23, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Judging from that Pic...

    by Stalkeye

    ..he looks as if he was starring in the Glee Musical. (if you know what I'm saying.) As for battle Royal Lite...err, I meant Hunger Games, didn't really care for this blatant rip off and the Movie was too long and boring up until the last 40 mins. Jennifer has potentual, but this is a lame opportunity to highlight her acting skills. (She wasn't too bad in First Class IMO.) as the film dragged while lacking any true sense of character development.