In an interview with 24 Frames (via Vulture) in early June, producer Nina Jacobson dismissed reports that Hunger Games producers had pared their shortlist of potential Finnick Odairs (a.k.a. hot young actors) down to Armie Hammer, Garrett Hedlund, and Taylor Kitsch for next year’s sequel, Catching Fire. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means,” she explained. “It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people,” she continued. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”
She wasn’t lying, because in mid-August news broke that Sam Claflin — of Snow White and the Huntsman andPirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides fame — had signed on for the role. The 26-year-old British actor will play swoonworthy Finnick in the 75th Hunger Games.