Catching Fire Casting Heats Up
We’ve been clamoring for news on major Catching Fire castings pretty much since The Hunger Games hit theaters. Who will play the bronzed eight-packed sun god that is Finnick Odair? Who will play damaged-but-savvy Johanna Mason?
The casting rumor mill is heating up as actors come out of the woodwork to say they’re in the running, or would like to be (yeah, pretty much everyone in Hollywood except Taylor Kitsch WANTS to be in the movie). Let’s take a look at the latest rumors.
Of course we also know that Kristen Bell (Big Miracle) wants to play Johanna more than anything else in the world, and that Naya Rivera (Glee) has also expressed interest.
Kevin Nash (Magic Mike) told USA Today he is being considered for a Catching Fire part. Speculation is he’ll play Brutus, the forty-something former Career who volunteers for the Quarter Quell.
But according to MTV News he’ll be up against Victor Gojcaj (Unstoppable) and Kevin Durand (Lost).
Romeo Miller, aka Lil Romeo, told MTV News he’s been in talks with Lionsgate for a role in the film, though he could not say which character he’s up for. Some speculate it may be Finnick, but Romeo has not confirmed this.
The role is still rumored to be Philip Seymour Hoffman’s.
Not much is known about Finnick casting, except that Taylor Kitsch does not want the role, and that Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund had been mentioned as frontrunners alongside him (though producer Nina Jacobson said this was not true). Several sites add Hunter Parrish to the mix, and Jesse Williams is still a fan favorite.
So basically…..we can assume that most hot actors of a certain age are “in the running.”
Obviously none of these casting rumors are any more than that until we hear it from Lionsgate. But the studio is definitely getting actors and actresses all in a tizzy, which means the casting end MUST be nigh.
J-Law Doesn’t Just Play a Heroine in Movies
Side note: this news item doesn’t really have much to do with Catching Fire casting other than to reiterate to the universe how perfect Jennifer Lawrence is for the role of Katniss Everdeen.
Jen displayed Katniss-like (or maybe Ryan Gosling-like) heroics when she came to the aid of a sick woman Monday in Los Angeles.