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'Catching Fire' Gets New Title, Fans React to Rumor of Robert Pattinson's Casting as Finnick

May 25, 2012 03:14:14 GMT

As the sequel gets a slightly tweaked title 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire', rabid fans of the Suzanne Collins novel spark Twitter frenzy to refuse Pattinson's casting as the District 4 heartthrob.


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After securing a new director, "The Hunger Games" sequel now gets a new tweaked title. Instead of just calling it "Catching Fire" like the title of Suzanne Collins' novel, Lionsgate Films officially names the anticipated movie "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire".

Though still unconfirmed, it is likely that the third movie will be titled "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay". Lionsgate's strategy in naming the follow-up movie is apparently similar to what Summit Entertainment did to the "Twilight Saga" film franchise.

In another news related to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", rabid fans of the Collins trilogy have reacted to the swirling rumor that "Twilight" actor Robert Pattinson is circling the coveted role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming sequel. Instead of supporting the casting, some of the fans are against it. They even made Twitter hashtag #PattinsonIsNotFinnick a trending topic.

A Twitter user called Pureblood Prince tweeted, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick I don't want a sparkly vampire fairy to offer me a sugar cube." Another one named Rosemary Telesco wrote, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick I am not hating on Rob or anything, I'm sure he's a great actor! But seriously. Finnick Odair? NO."

Another fan of Jennifer Lawrence added, "#PattinsonIsNotFinnick . HE IS NOT. NO WAY. FINNICK HAS TO BE SOMEONE STRONG, WITH BEAUTIFUL EYES. NOT A VAMPIRE. DEAL WITH IT."

Pattinson's casting rumor in "Catching Fire" was first sparked by Think McFly Think. The site claimed to hear the words that Lionsgate wanted the British actor to tackle the part of the District 4 heartthrob since the thesp had previously worked together with director Francis Lawrence in "Water for Elephants".

Instead of setting things straight, Lionsgate commented on the issue, "As with the first film, we won't be confirming, denying on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce."

In "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are getting punished for their defiance. They will be forced to compete in a special 75th staging of the Hunger Games, where they must fight against past winners.

Bringing back Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth to the cast ensemble, the film is due to open wide in the U.S. on November 22, 2013.

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posted by huntingal270 on May 27, 2012
I don't have a problem with Robert Pattinson, but i DO NOT want him to be Finnik he is Edward and that is all there is to it. It would feel like you just coulnd't follow the movie you'd be thinking he was Edward the whole time. No Twilight peolpe in The Hunger Games!!
posted by MELISSA on May 27, 2012
I LUV U ROBERT WE WILL BE TOGETHER ONE DAY I FRICKEN LOVE U !!!!!!!!!!!!! U R M IDOL AND WILL ALWAYS BE UR MY LOVE AND I HAVE POSTERS OF U EVERYWHERE JK IM NOT THT CREEPY LEAVE KRISTEN PLEASE SHE IS A BAD INFLUENCE JK NO IM NOT KIDDIN U DO AMAZING ON EVERY SINGLE MOVIE AND IM DEFINETLY AND OBVIOUSLY ON TEAMMMMMMM EDWARD FOEVER ASSS A LONER
posted by GABBY on May 27, 2012
I LOVE EDWARD HE S MINE LOSERS SCREW KRISTEN STEWART
posted by enteryourimagination on May 26, 2012
i just looked up jackson rathbone and chris zylka and jackson would be just as bad of a choice because he was in twlight....zylka should be finnick
posted by Suzy Hall on May 25, 2012
Nothing personal, Pattinson needs about 5 years of acting experience under his belt, preferably on stage. He is just awful. No Pattinson in THG - please!
posted by Anitha on May 25, 2012
Robert Pattison is too well-known for his role in the Twilight movies; his presence would be a distraction. Besides that, he is simply the wrong actor! Alex Pettyfer or Chris Hemsworth would embody the character of Finnick with much more realism. Not Robert Pattison!!!
posted by Hanna on May 25, 2012
I want Garrett Hedlund for Finnick. But seriously, why even consider Pattinson? Instead of 15 million like the original movie, more like $100,000 from people who just want to see the movie.
posted by Whitley on May 25, 2012
No need to worry. Pattinson has 5 projects already lined up for this yr & next (one of which is another Cronenberg so DC must really consider him a very good actor to want him in another of his movie & Cannes seems to think he is great in Cosmopolis too). He has stated he would be happy just to do more quality independent films like Cosmopolis and not do another blockbuster again. So chill - he's moved on to more adult movies. Lionsgate just wishes ...
posted by Lisa on May 25, 2012
Before hearing this, I thought that Jackson Rathbone (who actually plays Jasper in Twilight) would make a perfect Finnick. I agree with Anitha, that Rob Pattinson will pretty much be characterized as Edward Cullen. I don't think that Jackson Rathbone is as well-known, and he'd be a much better fit, regardless. However, I know that people aren't going to want Twilight Stars casted, no matter what.
posted by artkid2012 on May 25, 2012
Who I think they should cast is Chris Zylka, he would be perfect! And he's gonna be in this summer's amazing spiderman.

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