"The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" might be close to find its Finnick Odair. After Robert Pattinson recently denied his casting rumor as the District 4 heartthrob, it is now reported that three other Hollywood hunks are in the mix for the coveted role.
It was E! News which has the words that "Battleship" actor Taylor Kitsch, "The Lone Ranger" star Armie Hammer, and "On the Road" thesp Garrett Hedlund are all vying to play Finnick. A source told the site that a final decision from Lionsgate Films might be announced as early as this week.
Representatives for the three actors have yet to comment on the report. Should one of them finally seal the deal with Lionsgate, he will begin filming this fall with director Francis Lawrence. Still, E! noted that it is possible Lionsgate will cast a relatively unknown actor just like Brad Pitt in "Thelma & Louis".
In Suzanne Collin's book, Finnick is described as a 24-year-old very handsome and tan skinned young man with bronze hair and stunning sea-green eyes. The District 4 figure is known for having many lovers in the Capitol. At the age of fourteen, he won the Hunger Games by using a trident and a net against other Tributes.
A rep for Lionsgate recently weighed in on the speculations about who's going to play the dreamy character. "As with the first film, we won't be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title," the rep stated. "We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce."
"Catching Fire" will be released in the U.S. on November 22, 2013. It will bring back Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth who were the leading cast in "The Hunger Games".