Piggy-backing on the announcement of Amanda Plummer joining the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire comes news of three more actors being eyed to suit up and prepare for active duty in the most dangerous game in teen literature.
According to Variety, British thespian Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) is Lionsgate’s choice to play Finnick Odair, the handsome District 4 tribute who won his Hunger Games at age 14 thanks to his prowess with a trident, while additionally sources say that Oscar winner Melissa Leo and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) are the frontrunners to play Mags (a mostly unintelligible woman who is unafraid of self-sacrifice — and 84 years old in Collins’ novel) and Beetee (a District 3 tribute with a sharp mind for electronics), respectively.
UPDATE: Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) posted on Twitter that Leo’s reps have been informed that she is NOT getting the part of Mags.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares for the 75th annual Games (known as the Quarter Quell).
Francis Lawrence will direct Catching Fire, for which Lionsgate is eying a September start and a November 22, 2013, release. Nina Jacobson’s Color Force produces with Jon Kilik.
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