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Here now is the latest on the casting of Finnick for Catching Fire!

It all started when E! Online reported that the list had been narrowed down to three actors: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund. Kitsch then confirmed himself that he was definitely not playing Finnick.

Now, Lainey Gossip reports that Armie Hammer is at the top of Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence’s list:

Multiple sources tell me that Armie Hammer is far and away the first choice of director Francis Lawrence. That if it were up to him and “if he could start tomorrow with his dream cast, Armie would be Finnick.”

As for the legitimacy of Lainey Gossip? We remember it used to be a reliable source when it came to Twilight news back in 2008/2009, so we’re going to trust its report — for now.

What do you think of Hammer as Finnick?

Thanks to HungerGamesDWTC.net.

  • Elle

    …He’s alright

  • Hattielee2

    Armie Hammer looks too old.

    • RR

      But is the right age. He’s only 25 and Finnick is 24. 

      • Star

        Yeah, whereas Katniss, Peeta, and Gale are supposed to be in their teens, Finnick is a grown man who won the games 10 years prior to Catching Fire.  Not only is he actually 24/25 in the book, he needs to really look older than the others.  Weathered, I guess.

  • http://twitter.com/sparklylulz Grace Elephanteee

    He’s too old, but in a race against Hedlund, he’s the better actor I feel. I’d rather they cast a new comer personally, or someone with less famous ties then the rest of the cast.

    • Kate

      He isn’t too old, he’ll be 26 this year and Finnick is 24. Some people say he looks too old, but I say he looks his age. He certainly looks around the same age as Garrett Hedlund (who actually is older) who everyone else thinks would be perfect, while they complain about Armie’s age at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.rex Andrew Edward Rex

    Too old? Armie Hammer is 25, Finnick would be 24 in Catching Fire.

    Armie is a great actor though, and that should be one of the most important factor. Moreso than looks.

  • FuzzyWolf LuvJBJ

    Armie might be 25 but I swear I thought he was in his 30′s when I saw him. He’s an ok actor from what I saw in The Social Network (I watched the movie when I found out they were considering Armie, a little obsessed am I :) Anyways but he’s nothing special and to me, I don’t know what exactly I pictured but it definitely wasn’t Armie. I googled Garret Hedlund, now I haven’t seen any movies he’s in but he sure does look the part. He has the face of Finnick, I just hope he’s a good actor to. AS for Taylor Kitsch… 0_o uhh I don’t care how good an actor he is, he realllllly doesn’t look like Finnick. Im not saying I don’t want a good actor and just have looks but, not Taylor, please.

  • Amy

     I think he looks a bit too old, whether he actually is or not. (Finnick is my favorite character and I don’t find Armie particularly attractive either but that’s just me)
    Regardless, in everything I’ve seen him in he lacks the sort of magnetism and charisma that I associate with Finnick.

  • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Sarah Sutherland

    All the comments of him being too old is kind of irrelevant. When I imagined Finnick, I thought of him as a man in his late twenty’s/early thirties, so I think age-wise he is fine, at least for me. I don’t have Catching Fire to verify the age of Finnick. But as far as I remember, I don’t remember his age being explicitly stated.
     Besides, I also feel if you went through something as dreadful as the Hunger Games and all the sexual abuse Finnick goes through, it would cause you to “age” a bit….

    • Savanah

      Finnick is 24 years old. It said he won the 65th Hunger Games when he was 14. Catching Fire takes place during the 75th Hunger Games. :)

      • http://twitter.com/glasswatar Sarah Sutherland

        Yeah, I don’t own Catching Fire, so I couldn’t find the answer to know ;)

  • applepie

    I would PREFER Garrett, but I won’t be disappointed if Armie was cast.

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

      agreed. I really want Garrett, he IS MY Finnick.
      But I like Armie. He is a good actor and he is attractive….

      • EDH499

        It’s so funny how people’s brains work….because I am the EXACT opposite haha! Armie has literally been in my head as Finnick since I first read about him, but at the same time I enjoy Garrett’s acting and he’s definitely attractive enough :) Can’t wait to see who they pick, really can’t lose either way! 

        • Eirin

           I also imagined Armie when I read the books, but wouldn’t mind Garrett either =P But still prefer Armie.

  • xosnowangel

    i dont think he’s too old at all. i thinnk he looks the perfect age but he’s just not attractice enough, when i see Finnick i wanna think DAAAAAAMN he’s HOOOT! but i dont get that from Armie Hammer.

  • guest

    YES GOOD I LOVE ARMIE HAMMER

  • Musician

    I always thought Finnick should look like a merman. I don’t see Armie and think of a merman.

  • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

    I don’t think he looks to old, but like I said in another post, he seems too ‘pretty-handsome’ to be Finnick. I pictured Finnick more as ‘manly-handsome.’ That makes no sense, but oh well. I would much prefer Garrett to be Finnick, but if Armie gets it, that’s alright too.

    • http://twitter.com/deathcabjenny Jenn

      Well in Catching Fire, Katniss does say that Finnick’s “too pretty”, which is what a lot of people don’t like about Armie… Which is one of the reasons why I think Armie would be perfect for the role. 

      “But I can honestly say he’s never been attractive to me. Maybe he’s too pretty, or maybe he’s too easy to get, or maybe it’s really that he’d just be too easy to lose.” – Katniss Everdeen

  • Sapph

    Gary Ross would have chosen Garrett Hedlund.

    • Team Haymitch

      Are you a mind reader? 

      We will never know who Gary Ross would’ve chosen unless he announced it himself. 

  • http://twitter.com/deathcabjenny Jenn

    I would LOVE him as Finnick. I personally don’t think he looks too old and with the right costume and make up, they could easily make him look Finnick’s age. He definitely has the acting ability to pull off the emotional scenes. 

    • Rayeofsunshine

      And he needs to look just a tad older than Jennifer Lawrence. She’s 21 or so now, so if there was a 23 year old, they would look the same age, and his role wouldn’t have the same weight. 
        They need someone who looks just a bit more like an adult to have him seem more like an older brother/mentoring role than just another tribute. 

      • http://twitter.com/deathcabjenny Jenn

        Exactly. The fact that Armie looks a bit older, is actually a good thing if he were to play Finnick. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17127641 Laura Jurgensmeyer

    He looks the part, but I’ve said it before..his voice is just so distinct and I don’t see that as Finnick.

  • Rayeofsunshine

    My only criteria for the looks should be “Just handsome enough that people would sponsor him just by his charm”

     And Armie fits that. 

    But, hey, it’s not all about the looks. I didn’t expect Lawrence, Hutcherson, or Hemsworth for the roles of the trio, but HEY! I wouldn’t change it ever!

  • WhatTheGrace

    I think he would be a good Finnick i’ve watched some of his other movies and i think he could definitely pull it off. If he got back into there shape he was in during ‘The Social Network’ then he would almost 100% also look the part. He’s a really tall guy too, so i think that would absolutely help. 
    ..AND he’s 24! which is a good a match of age with Finnick, the main trio are all a number of years older than their characters. – Although Jenn and Josh did a brilliant job as Katniss and Peeta, they don’t look 16 to me – but that’s just me.

  • ann

    No.

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    i thought they wanted an unknown to avoid ego clashes on set…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523240646 Jasmine Dixon

    no i ill boycot the movie no no no no no no no

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523240646 Jasmine Dixon

      will*

    • Kate

      If you’d boycott a movie over something so trivial then good riddance, I guess.

    • WhatTheGrace

      boycott the movie? really? smh

    • http://twitter.com/aadnama Amanda Douglas

      No, you won’t. People say this all the time and then they end up seeing it anyway. You’ll get over it.

    • Tessa

      are you kidding me? We would be lucky to get someone of armie’s stature to play Finnick. Despite whether J. Edgar did well at the box office or not, ARMIE WAS BRILLIANT. That boy can act and he can carry the charm of finnick while also playing the emotional scenes

  • Jason

    What? I’m surprised by the comments. He was amazing as the Winklevii in The Social Network. I think he could’ve been better as a serious actor, but he seems bent on mainstream. After J. Edgar flopped, (as well as Mirror, Mirror) and the Lone Ranger seems subsequent, so I’d say he could use a major franchise to get him some credibility. 

  • Tennis4Life

    awwwwwww. i’m kinda disappointed, to be honest. of course, armie could pull it off… but i don’t get a finnick-sort of vibe off of him. i prefer garrett hedlund. i agree with the user who said that if gary ross was directing catching fire, he would have casted garrett instead of armie. what a turn-off!! armie’s not my finnick. :/ :(

    • BronzeSparks123

      That is exactly how I feel.  Im sure he would be fine, but I just can’t see him as Finnick….  I wish it was Garrett instead

    • HG

      no he would’nt lol hammer is a much more acclaimed actor

      directed by fincher and eastwood

      starred in oscar nominated social network

      nominated for a SAG Award for his performance in j.edgar

      acted across from depp and dicaprio

      gary easily would of picked armie

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

    yes PLEASE!!!

  • cari

    I think he looks too close in age to the other actors.  Finnick needs to be clearly older. He’s from another generation, and is also someone who has seen way too many truly awful things.   Finnick is a wonderfully complex character.  He needs to be handsome and charming, but also haunted and extremely tough.  He’s a surfer dude who won the hunger games for goodness sake.  He can’t just be a pretty boy.  I think Catching Fire fails or succeeds largely on how well Finnick is played.  So this choice is critical.  I’m not familiar with the present candidates, but they don’t strike me as terribly impressive. They just look pretty. I think Michael Fassbender could pull off Finnick, but I am sure he is not in the running.  

    • Allie Rose Mellark

      Finnick is only supposed to be in his early 20′s. I think maybe 22. 

      • Dreamer

         he’s 24

  • Nono

    He’s exactly like I imagined Finnick (with different hair), so I would be really happy if this is true.
    Moreover, I really don’t see Garrett Hedlund or Taylor Kitsch as Finnick…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=523240646 Jasmine Dixon

    GARRETT!!!

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  • WillowBlood

    I really like the idea of Armie Hammer as Finnick. His face is a bit more… defined, for lack of a better word, than Garrett Hedlund’s, and to me, more Finnick-like. However, I’m still rooting for an unknown to steal the show. 

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

    If this happens, it will be my favourite casting of all time. He is the exact Finnick of my imagination.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1229430522 Kiara Rubin

    no!

  • Mad

    Yes! That would be the best news ever!

  • 7Starrchasers

    I think this just made my day…!!!!!

  • RoseHallow

    People keep talking about how Armie looks too old which is a little irrelevant. It’s the same as with the trio. However, they look younger and it’s easy to mistake them as the right age given a slight bit of make-up. For him to be the right Finnick for me, he needs to be a little gruffed up and maybe a scar somewhere. He can look ‘pretty’ and youngish still. Plus I think, with everything he’s went through I think some stress lines should be in there. So then he’ll look more like 28 which would fit. 
    Talking about how someone looks too old or too young is irrelevant to what age they actually are because of make-up and hair. Now I don’t agree with this pick, I do think a relatively unknown could probably hit it out of the park. It’s definitely been done before. (Luna Lovegood), but I’m not basing my opinion on whether he looks too old or whatever. It’s the face shape for me. And his voice. But if he is picked, I won’t be too upset unless he doesn’t do the part justice acting wise. Looks I leave up to the make-up team. 

  • GingerGames

    No! I have never seen Armie act so I can’t really comment on his ability but based on looks he is not right in my opinion. He is obviously good looking but he looks a little to mature to play a 24 year old and I know it’s not all about looks and appearances can be changed but from what news has recently been released I would much rather Garret.

  • GingerGames

    Actually scrap that. After looking at more pictures of him I’ve changed my mind, he looks perfect, Armie for Finnick all the way!!!!!

  • Jake

    This actually just popped up in my mind

    How about Jamie Dornan who plays the sheriff/hutsman from Once Upon a Time Tv show?

  • http://twitter.com/chelscantil Chelsea Cantil

    Lainey Gossip is also apparently the one that said jennifer Lawrence was at the top to play katniss

  • Ruthie101697

    I feel that Armie Hammer is good for Finnick because he looks like the kind of guy who can play cocky but the look on his face shows all he’s really thinking about is Annie.

  • Alyssa

    armie hammer’s the best choice out of the three, in my opinion. colton haynes will always be my favorite though; he is finnick.

  • http://twitter.com/G30rg13_R Georgie R

    I have no idea who this guy is. Is he a UA soap star or something?

    • Asdfghjkl

      He is a awesome actor that has fans running campaigns for him

  • bred

    armie  hammer is not a bad choice at all… but i actually want benjamin stone to play the role :)

  • catnip

    GARRETT HEDLUND FOR FINNICK. HE’S PERFECTION OKAY! GARRETT YOU CAN DO IT BB! I JUST KNEW IT! YOU WILL BE FINNICK! GARRETT FOR FINNICK FTW! EVERY BLOG IN TUMBLR WANTS YOU TO BE FINNICK! GARRETT HEDLUND FOR FINNICK ODAIR your argument is INVALID! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/N6VRVVDSIT72E4QJK7KLTATSKA AmandaB

    I’m still a Garrett fan for this one.

  • http://twitter.com/mspaulina2505 Paulina

    Garrett Hedlund for Finnick and I’ll give everything in exchange!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002579373823 Nerea Sánchez

    CAN’T BEEE :(
    Garrett Hedlund for FINNICK!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/sami.maver Sami Maver

    No, no, no, no, no. He has no badass vibe what so ever. If they make another disney movie that needs a prince, hes the part(not a bad thing!) but he is no Finnick.

  • Iris

    No, just no. I think Armie Hammer is Handsome, but more like capitol-hansome. Like he was born in the capitol. I just don’t see him as Finnick. I think that Garrett Hedlund would be a perfect Finnick. I would be so disappointed if Armie Hammer was chosen.

    • guest

      Finnick IS capitolesque.  If you have read the books you’ll understand that Finnick has spent practically a decade being made up by the Capitol.  Garrett Hedlund looks too rugged to play someone thats supposed to have classical good looks.

  • Ann

    No no no no no no no Garrett Hedlund is Finnick for sure!!!!!! Even if he doesn’t get the part he will always be my Finnick! X)

    • Hi

      no.

  • Garrett Hedlund for Finnick

    Armie looks too old to be Finnick imo, but Garrett Hedlund is just about as old as Finnick is supposed to be!!!!! Another good reason why Garrett Hedlund should be Finnick! Have I said his name enough times yet…?
    Garrett Hedlund for Finnick
    Garrett Hedlund for Finnick
    Garrett Hedlund for Finnick!

    • Annoyed Girl

       Um, Garrett is OLDER than Armie.

    • Eirin

       Garrett both looks and is older than Armie.

    • guest

      Eek…Garret looks older than Armie.  In fact, Garret IS OLDER than Armie!

  • Charlotte

    He looks the part and he’s a GREAT actor.  I’d love for this to be true.

  • An annoyed girl

    If you have a hard time picturing Armie Hammer as a badass, I suggest you watch the movie Blackout – he’s quite good at playing the badass part.

  • Lil_tan_star

    Armie Hammer would make an awesome Finnick! Especially his voice

  • Helen Prideaux

    YES he has that sexy low voice that I want to hear say “would you like a sugar cube” in like nothing but a sexy loin cloth tarzan style.

  • Helen Prideaux
  • Eirin

    Armie Hammer would be PERFECT!

  • arielle

    ARMIE FTW!

  • Christine

    Armie Hammer is the perfect and ONLY choice in my opinion for Finnick. Hes the perfect age, looks, and he even grew up new the ocean. Hes perfect

    • Christine

      near*

  • http://twitter.com/oolsie Uli

    Armie Hammer is pure perfection. Seriously. I have been watching tons of his interviews and his movies. The way he acts and speaks, his looks… it’s all screaming Finnick! Like literally. I see a lot of people bringing up the “he looks too old” argument. Yes, Armie does look very mature for his age, however, if you want to really make a casting choice, you cannot solely factor in the actor alone. You have to also factor in his co-stars. Garrett for instance is nowhere near the height that Armie is (so eventually, he’d look smaller in comparison to Liam Hemsworth who plays Gale, who also happens to look much older than he’s supposed to. Makes sense much? ;P) So yeah, making that choice is not solely about the abilities and the looks that one actor has, but also how he’d fit in with the rest of the cast. And, without wanting to sound mean, but I’ve watched a couple of interviews of Hedlund and boy is he laid back. I dare you to watch just two interviews of Armie and imagine Jennifer sitting next to him. Those two would blow off the entire audience with their hilarity combined. 

    It’s Armie all the way. Always. Number One Choice! 

  • http://twitter.com/oolsie Uli

    He even has a knot tying app on his phone cos he’s sort of obsessed with knot tying and the app allows him to constantly practice. I don’t know how much better it can get, really. :D

  • Lee

    PERFECT FINNICK!!!

    * Age: Armie has it right.  Finnick is 24 while Armie is 25.  Besides, Finnick HAS TO look older than Jennifer Lawrence who will be turning 22 by the time they start filming Catching Fire.  We don’t need a teenage boy playing Finnick we need a MAN!

    * Looks:  Very classic good looks which is IMPORTANT in the capitol.  Finnick does not have the bad boy ruggedly good looks.  He is prince charming!  The capitol knows that and exploited that much further.

    * Acting:  This guy can act!  We already have critically acclaimed actors for Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) & Peeta (Josh Huthcerson), Finnick needs to be played by a good actor.  There is more to Finnick than good looks.  The secrets that he keeps are important in Mockingjay.

    AND IF GARY ROSS was still here: He’d pick this guy in a heartbeat!  Gary is able to see beyond looks and focuses on talent!  Armie has this in spades! 

    AND THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN BEFORE THG:  Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson…look who is behind them:
    http://victorsvillage.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/tumblr_m2kmd0saz51qawiivo1_500.png

  • armie4finnick

    armie hammer is definately the closest one to finnick. he has the deep seductive voice, the undying charisma, the acting ability and the extemely sexy looks!

  • Metias Athena

    Armie Hammer is definitely my Finnick because of the following reasons:
    1. He’s very handsome (Have you seen him?)
    2. He’s oozing with charisma. 
    3. A great actor
    4. And he’s handsome. 
    Plus, he looks mature enough to handle 24. 

  • Armie Army

    Armie Hammer is not only the most physically suited to the role (it’s easy to imagine him wielding a trident, and he’s an adonis basically, like slightly tall enough to seem demi-godly) and has proven his chops as an actor who can pull off the emotional, difficult Mockingjay stuff terribly well

  • Mrs. Mellark

    Armie Hammer has the acting ability, the right age, and the hottness to pull off such a diverse and amazing character. 

  • http://twitter.com/Rebekahdg Rebekah

    Armie Hammer is seemingly the prefect actor to portray Finnick. He’s got the physical attributes that were described by Suzanne Collins in his height (6’5), he’s incredibly handsome, no one can deny that. But aside from physicality he’s the right age at 25, however he’d be 26 if he’s hired, when Catching Fire is in production.

    It took me less than five minutes to come the conclusion that he was perfect for this role simply after watching his work in The Social Network, and then an interview he did with an internet entertainment magazine, the interview was a half hour long, but I only needed 5 minutes to realize that he’s probably one of the most charismatic, engaging, intelligent, and thoughtful young actors out there right now, and these are personality traits that are greatly required of a person if they become a part of a franchise like The Hunger Games, also if he can be as charismatic as himself, there’s no doubt he can do the same whilst acting. One other clincher though, that has been brought up before is he already likes to tie knots, which is a huge aspect of Finnick’s character– it’s his one and true coping mechanism, and learning to tie knots isn’t exactly a walk in the park, I know– ’cause I’ve tried, Armie’s already got the skills, he’d probably be happy to sit there take after take re-doing a perfect bow-line knot for 5 hours, not many actors can attest to that.

    I’ve seen people questioning his acting ability though, and I’d just like to assure them that he’s wholly capable of the flirtatiousness, the deviousness, the cunning, and the emotional depth required of Finnick– this can be discerned from his performances in Blackout, The Social Network, Billy The Early, Years, and J. Edgar– which he was nominated for best supporting actor at the 2012 SAG awards.

    A previous commenter brought up the fact that people like to pin point that he looks older than 25, I see no problem with this, as the already established cast is playing sometimes 5 years their junior… also again his height will match up nicely with Liam Hemsworth’s, who’s 6’4.

    Seriously, I really and honestly believe that if Lionsgate is trying to create an ensemble that looks and feels good together, Armie is probably one of the best choices they could possibly make. Above all though, I want them to pick the best actor for the job, I’m biased though and I think that person IS Armie.

  • Kay

    Armie all the way! I liked him in Gossip Girl :D

  • Bri

    He’s perfect! He’s got the looks, and the acting skills to be Finnick! He can be both serious and silly. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003255276923 J.t. Coffee

    PLEASE cast Armie!!

  • JJ

    Armie is perfect for Finnick!!!

  • Graceromans535

    Armie all the way!

  • http://twitter.com/joanlh9 Joan

    I totally agree with Armie Hammer being cast as Finnick. He has the looks, build, stature and has a fantastic range as an actor. He could very easily portray both the lovable charmer with a cheeky side all the while being able to show the very serious side to him. You only have to watch any one of his numerous interviews to see just how charismatic the guys is and his performance in The Social Network is outstanding. There is no better man for the job. He *is* Finnick, even without mentioning the knot tying app on his phone.

  • Vitoria-fofinha10

    I love Armie Hammer, he is perfect for making Finnick, (which is one of my favorite perssonagens). He is very charismatic is very, very sexy, and has the same eyes that described Katniss

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