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A special edition of Us Weekly – featuring lots of new content on The Hunger Games – also includes an interview with director Gary Ross.

Most interestingly, he says he knows who he wants to play Finnick.

The key, though, is that he doesn’t say the actor has been hired yet:

Gary Ross said he and Suzanne Collins are already thinking about casting for Catching Fire. Gary teased saying, “I already decided who I want!” for Finnick Odair.

Who do you think should play Finnick? Catching Fire will be in theaters November 22nd, 2013. Thanks to The Hob!

  • Emily Z.

    Ian Somerhalder with blonde hair!!!!!!!! PLEASE

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426435099 Louelle van Rens


    • Kelly Barker

       Oh my gosh! I was just about to comment “I imagined Ian Somerhalder as Finnick” and then I read that! Hahahahaha!!! That’s too funny! But Ian is just too perfect :) He’s got the blue eyes and everything :)

      • Kelly Barker

         Wait, does Finnick have blue or green eyes?

        • Patty


          • Rose

             What about Joseph Morgan, blue-green eyes, blonde hair and he’s around Ian’s age but I think he could pull off being 24.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

          Seafoam Green

        • A Very Potter Fan

          Sea foam green.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1381504748 Hibaq Farah

      Too old. Ian is 32 given the fact everyone had a fit about Jennifer being 4 years older than Katniss imagine the uproar. 

      • lauren175

        I think Ian could pass as a 24 year old. But I don’t think it would work if they were planning on doing any flashback scenes from when he was first in the Hunger Games

    • TeamSnow

      I actually think Nathaniel Buzolic (Kol in TVD) looks like how I imagined Finnick but I’d love Ian to be in Mockingjay maybe as Boggs or someone though he might be a bit young for that role.

    • Luna97831

      mmm…. no. his features are wrong to be finnick’s.

  • Celia Alistair


    • Josh


  • http://dervish-banges.tumblr.com Tariq

    I didn’t realize Catching Fire already has a release date set for just over a year. I hope they spend as much time perfecting it as they did with Hunger games. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534802836 Kaley Eidson

    Armie Hammer!

    • lorepottter

       I like the idea..older, good looking, im with you in that

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534802836 Kaley Eidson

        He’s only twenty-five. But it makes since to have someone who looks older because Josh is the only one who’s actually a teenager.

    • http://twitter.com/altonium Alton de Jesus

      Armie Hammer looks the closest to my head-Finnick. But I won’t begrudge other actors who would play them in the films.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rachel-Whelen/514317641 Rachel Whelen

      That is so perfect! He matches exactly the Finnick in my mind.

    • 7Starrchasers

      Hammer! Hammer! Hammer! Hammer!…*keeps chanting*

  • Laura Jones

    if you haven’t already i recommend everyone check out mainstaypro on youtube- they have a 6 part mini series (each vid like 5 min) of Annie and Finnicks story- its beautifully shot and really amazing- I think the guy how plays Finnick in that would make an AMAZING Finnick!

    this is the first ep: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_MNmhZvYeg

    • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Suri Meipapilionis

      I think he might be a little too young ;/

    • Sara

      YES!!! Ever since I watched Mainstaypro’s series, when i reread the books, I imagine the guy who plays Finnick (in the series) as Finnick! He is such a good actor! He will always be my Finnick, who ever Gary Ross picks to play him.

  • Aviane

    Honestly I think Zac Efron would be amazing as Finnick! :D

  • Allie Rose Mellark

    I’m Sorry to say this but I pictured Zac Effron playing Finnick. I know people dont like him but he fits the handsome, tan, brown hair green eyes role. And he is in shape and a pretty good actor.

    • Anna-FilmGirl

      And he’s a charismatic humanitarian!

      • Daughter of Eve

        I was thinking of a young Jeremy Renner before your comment. I can see Efron as Finnick. After Charlie St. Cloud, I thought Efron really has a lot to offer as an actor.

      • A Very Potter Fan

        I just appreciate his charms…and hair! He can’t be evil, you know, he’s Headmaster Zefron!

    • http://twitter.com/altonium Alton de Jesus

       Effron, huh? If he kicks ass with the role, I could jump in the band wagon. I think he’s a pretty decent talent. I wonder, would Finnick have any singing scenes? I do like Effron’s musical competency.

    • http://twitter.com/Tarah94 Tarah

      As much as I feel like I should be opposed to that idea, I think he’d make a really great Finnick.

    • Kat

      Totally agree. High School Musical made me have doubts but 17 Again, New Year’s Eve, The Lucky One and Charlie St. Cloud totally ruled out everything. He is so attractive that he would be PERFECT! He even was on the cover of the 2010 People Magazine for best bodies. He’s an amazing actor. Zac is absolute perfection for Finnick Odair. 

  • http://twitter.com/STEPHYCAKESBBY Stephanie Hemmings

    Hayden Christensen.

    • Camillo


    • Misswriter18

      He’s a terrible actor… that’s a bad idea!

  • Jael

    Sam Clafin (don’t know if that’s you spell it) please. 

  • Emma


    • lorepottter

       tooooooooo old

    • Kelly

       YEEEEESSSS (and I know he’s probably too old but I don’t care, I agree with you 100%)

  • zoe

    joey graceffa! he wants it sooo badly look him up on youtube

    • jp


      • Megan Taylor

        Yes! I agree! I would totally watch the movie ALL the time!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/StarKid_Diablo Aimee

      thats who I was gonna say too. And I can see it

  • Annie

    JARED LETO. He has the eyes and is a good actor, I think it cuz be the perfect Finnick.

  • kate

    tom felton

    • Luna

      helll yaaa 

    • Kate

      I don’t think that would be a good idea, for him to do another (what seems like it will be) big franchise.

      • Liz

        Hate to compare HG or HP to Twilight but they did choose Pattinson to play Edward after he played Cedric in GoF. I wouldn’t be surprised if the studio chose actors from the other major fandoms (notably HP and Twilight) just to get people who aren’t already fans to watch the movies in future.

        • Kate

          This is true, but Cedric was only in one film, and it had been a few years after that he was cast in Twilight.  And I’m not a huge fan of Twilight, but I have read that Kellan Lutz from those movies wasn’t allowed to audition for The Hunger Games.  So I really don’t see it happening.

  • Miskk9

    Joey Graceffa should sooo play Finnick freakin O’dair

  • http://twitter.com/nmaX_district4 Nicole

    This is going to be tough. I don’t think anyone will ever be able to live up to the Finnick in my head. And everyone has a different Finnick. For other characters, it didn’t matter so much what they looked like, but I think because Finnick is who he is, it matters a little bit more….. I DON’T KNOW ANYMORE!!!

  • Haley S.

    I always imagined Chris Pine as Finnick but I am sure that Gary Ross will not disappoint us. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1455462014 Lauren Humbard

    I actually think Zac Efron would be a pretty good choice for Finnick. I know, I know, he’s famous for Highschool Musical and the acting in that movie was…well, that doesn’t mean he can’t act. 17 Again was amazing; if he can make that work, he can do Finnick. 

  • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Suri Meipapilionis

    haha All the fansites doing finding Finnick Odair… sorry I just had to laugh at the slight irony since Gary Ross and Suzanne Collins probably already cast him in their heads :) and generally, judging by this movie, I think it might just come around :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001426435099 Louelle van Rens

    I’m rooting for either Armie Hammer (because this post with an open letter 
    http://victorsvillage.com/2012/02/04/an-open-letter-to-armie-hammer/ and his response 

    OR Garrett Hedlund
    OR Jake Abel.

  • http://twitter.com/ShelleBelleSki Rochelle Korolewski

    Freddie Stroma

    • Luna97831

      YES THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I THOUGHT TOO!!!! i think he would make a terrific finnick, he looks exactly like i thought finnick would look like.

    • Joshaholic113


  • http://www.facebook.com/JesseB.72 Jesse Barrow

    Damon from TVD I think he has the perfect demeanor for this role plus he has the acting chops to pull of tortured like he did when he was werewolf bitten in TVD… and since finnick is only emotionally tortured it should be epic… :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=23710435 Aletha Stainbrook


    • TeamSnow

      Wow! Excellent choice :)

  • Cjjones95

    Ryan Reynolds

    • lorepottter

       i like him, but come on, he cant look like a 24 years old

  • Violet

    Either Freddie Stroma or Jeremy Irvine!
    (Jeremy as a blonde, obviously)
    He’s the casting I’m most excited for! (: 

  • http://www.facebook.com/TreeKisser Jessica White

    Garrett Hedlund

    • Amanda Nicole


  • Rwnumber1

    Freddie Stroma!

  • Zack

    I pictured Zac Efron.

  • HG

    Please Gary Ross pick Freddie stromer!!!! I knew there was one guy that I totally imagined finnick as and I finally figured out it was cormack mcclagen!

  • Guest

    I picture Matt Bomer… I have only seen him in White Collar and I love him in it! I think he looks perfect, but I’m not sure he has the depth of character needed for Finnick, especially with what he goes through in Mockingjay. But, honestly, with how well the first movie casting seems to have turned out (based on pictures and trailers) I trust Ross to pick the perfect person.

    • Gary65

      Oh God yes. Matthew Bomer is brilliant. He makes White Collar.

    • Laycie


  • jordan.d

    I’ve always pictured Ryan Goseling as Finnick.  Finnick is supposed to be about 24, 8 years older than Katniss and since Jennifer is 21 they should cast someone who is roughtly 8 years older than Jennifer… someone in their late 20s would be the right age.
    Gary’s casting judgment has been good so far (at least with what we have seen), so I think the person he has in mind will be good.  

  • http://twitter.com/7BearSarah Sarah

    Grant Gustin (Sabastian on Glee) would be the perfect Finnick!

    • Layla_S

      LOL i’m keeping my fingers crossed for him cos he really wants it <3

    • LSpell619

      He’d be PERFECT!

    • Anna

      Omg!!! All of my friends and I agree that Finnick should be Grant too!! Glee+ hunger games = AMAZING!!

    • TeamSnow

      I love Grant Gustin but he looks slightly younger than Jennifer Lawrence so it might be a bit strange having him in the older experienced tribute role.

  • Cheezy229

    Alex Pettyfer!

  • Cynara M.

    Drew Van Acker

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    AGHH he can’t do that to us!! Ryan Gosling, PLEASE. i know he may be a little old, but so what? everyone is older than their character

  • http://twitter.com/WhatTheGrace Grace Nzita

    It’s been so long since i last read the series, so i can’t remember too much of what Finnick looked like but Hunter Parish keeps appearing in my mind. 

    He used to be the actor who i wanted to play Peeta. But as he was in his 20s, he  wouldn’t have fit the part, i think he’d be good playing Finnick!

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    What about Trouty Mouth?
    But really, Chord Overstreet would be great. I have seen him look older then we are use to seeing him on Glee.

    As much as I love Ian ( I have no problem confessing this) I just don’t see him in this role (he is too old). I REALLY can’t see him blonde…..

  • QuaffleRose34

    if only Bradley Cooper were younger….

  • Erika

    Hunter Parrish!

  • GingerGames

    Drew Van Acker, Diego Boneta, Joseph Morgan, Wilson Bethal, Sam Claflin, Theo James, Freddie Stroma

  • http://twitter.com/twixie09 Lauren Gizzi

    Joey Graceffa! hahaha xD

  • http://www.facebook.com/Panhead1922 Ande Anderson

    ME! Haha. Chris Evans. He played the stuck up ladies man in Fantastic 4, and the sweet guy in Captain America, so I KNOW he can play both sides of Finnick!

  • http://memonisma.blogspot.com/ F.FRANKLIN

      When I read the book, I felt Armie Hammer or Henry Cavill(after losing some muscles almost with the Immortals body not Man Of Steel body) would fit the role..I feel by casting Zac Efron(he is talented) will make the film look like a film for the tweens  and that will only kill the film, I seriously hope they would cast someone who can really act instead focusing just on the looks

  • Anna

    Grant gustin (sebastian on glee) or Colton hayes (teen wolf) they would both be amazing!! They have the sexiness and arrogance!!!!

  • Taylor

    NO glee in the hunger games that does NOT go together. I don’t really care if it’s zack effron of whoever but i imagined finnick with blonde hair and youngish i guess. whoever they cast will probably be awesome!

  • sarah_layla_777

    Grant Gustin or Curt Mega – Please <3 that'll make me ecstatic <3 Please <3

  • akacj18

    i realize he’s a little old for the part, but Justin Thoreaux would be perfect for me.

    • lorepottter

       i think he would be good for oned of the hippie roles

  • Blair Warren

    Hmm I think SEBASTIAN STAN! Thats as close to the Finnick I imagined while reading the book. :-D

  • Taylor Rayne

    While reading the books, I always pictured Zac Efron as Finnick. His appearance matches perfectly, and his acting career has definitely matured for a role like this.

  • Charlotte

    Joey Graceffa!!!!!!<3

    • Megan Taylor

      Yessssss! I agreeeeee!

  • haymitchatemylunch

    BEN BARNES ANYONE?? He definitely has the looks for it, and he fits the age factor as well. What about his acting? Think he has what it takes to pull off Mockinjay Finnick? Haven’t seen him in Dorian Grey, but I am secretly hoping it’s him!
    Not too sure about Zac, though he has improved greatly in recent years. Too much star power, maybe? He’s kinda short, too. Meh. But the Mainstay Finnick was way better as Haymitch, in my opinion. And he is kinda too sullen looking for Finnick. Armie Hammer- he is gorgeous, no doubt. But in a serious Mr. Darcy kind of way. Don’t really see him as much of a flirt, though he can bring depth to the role.
    Can’t wait to find out!!

    • TeamGreasySae

      Yeah I think that too :) Ben Barnes x Freddie Stromer divided by 2!!!

  • Kennedy

    Grant Gustin…or any really good actor who’s attractive and has a swimmer’s body.

    • http://twitter.com/Tarah94 Tarah

      I was thinking Gustin as well

    • I<3Books

       I could see that.

  • Isak

    Garrett Hedlund would be PERFECT

  • Ana

    Matt Lanter! When Katniss described Finnick, he INSTANTLY came to my mind. I think he would be perfect for the part.

    Drew Van Acker would be a good one too.

  • Rose


  • Liizzodvj


  • WillowBlood

    I’d personally like an unknown actor who comes out into the spotlight and does really well.

  • I<3Books

    I read through the comments and some people said they think he has blond hair while others thinks it’s brown. I’m pretty sure he has brown hair (or am I just delusional?)

    • Whisperwolf

      I always imagined him blonde, but I could easily have read it wrong…

  • annie

    I know hes not an actor but I’ve always imagined Finnick looking like David Gandy. purely because he looks really, REALLY good in speedos. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.r.bailey Richard Bailey

    I would actually be okay with Zac Effron as Finnick Odair. I know I should probably be shot for saying that, but I’d be fine with that :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/richard.r.bailey Richard Bailey

      or Chace Crawford

  • Jaime

    Chris Zylka! I totally imaged him. 


    • Jaime

      Imagined* sorry. 

  • Gary65

    Are you guys going to do a poll for who should be cast as Finnick?

  • HungryGamerStarkidwithHP

    Zac Efron!!! The Charismatic Humanitarian. He is a horcrux and hot!!

  • Guest

    alex pettyfer anyone?

  • http://twitter.com/HungerGames4all Rae

    I trust Gary Ross fullheartedly so whoever ends up being Finnick, I’m sure we’ll end up loving him in the end <3 

  • Lookat

    I will be disappointed if it’s not Sheamus from WWE.

  • Laurenw1025

    Joey Graceffa!

  • Glaciusx


  • Estella

    Joey Graccifia 

  • Sam

    Grant Gustin and nobody else

  • Chelsea7547

    Zac Efron!!!

  • Chelsea7547

    Or Grant Gustin!

  • Horserider_mel


  • Hayley

    If Garret Hedlund doesn’t play Finnick I will cry.
    He’s exactly how I pictured him.
    Although I never considered Armie Hammer until reading these comments, and he’d be great too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Vickie-Toro/1572150081 Vickie Toro

    Armie Hammer, all the way.

  • Jenna

    Chord Overstreet! 

  • hi

    chord overstreet!!!

  • Domo

    I think chord overstreet would be great to play it!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=51500624 Lindsey Ferguson

    Jared Padalecki!! Yes He may be a tad too old but given what Finnick has been through he read older to me.

    Or for some reasn I can only blame on too much babysitting I pictured Spencer from iCarly as Finnick. Also pictured Freddie as Peeta and Sam as Katniss. It could totally work!!

  • April

    I definitely saw Alex Pettyfer as Finnick.

  • Beth

    Mike Vogel all the way.

  • Jade

    Joey grecaffa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Tabitha

      Its Graceffa. But yeah, it should totally be him! He’s perfect- sea green eyes and dark hair- not to mention he’s gorgeous! For those of you who don’t know Joey, here he is.

  • Monkey

    Henry Cavill should play Finnick! He is able to pull off arrogance and you could also find him endearing as well!!! He is above and beyond the best choice.

  • Blondiexliz

    Alex Pettyfer for sure!



  • hi

    hes perfect he has green eyes
    amazing body
    and blonde hair hes perfect im telling you!!

    • Tabitha

      Definitley not. Not only is Chord hella ugly, he’s too pale, has a screwed up mouth, and Finnick has dark hair.

  • Laycie

    Matt Bomer, honestly he’s the literal embodiment of Finnick right down to the green eyes.

  • Bigsmiley106

    for me, i was quite disappointed with the first movie because most of the time the connection or feelings was a little bit not complete. for example the conectio between rue and katniss didn’t developed  properly and i was hardly feel any emotion there. however, i still want the sequel though=)

  • makayla2500

    After looking through most of the commets, I believe none of you have a correct image of Finnik Odair. Just saying. I have heard alot of rumors about The Hunger Games being just like Twilight. Which i also heard the Robert Pattinson going to play the roll of Finnik…. NO. NO. NO. It would most definetly seem like Twilight. And The Hunger Games is WAY better then twilight. And just no just no to Zac Efron. I actully picture Finnik as a middle-aged, blonde man. Rethink everyone (:

  • makayla2500

    And i wish it would hurry up and come out… lol.

  • Hannahmk2000

    Joey graceffa where should I begin he has been acting since 2007 and a little before and has the looks and actually calls himself finnick I don’t know about you guys but I want a sugar cube Joey!!!!check out his YouTube channel (joeygraceffa) he is perfect and also he has read hg and lives the series
    And guys who want Alex he turned it down cuz he has another role to play and Joey is the best out of everyone

  • Megan Taylor

    Joey Graceffa!

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