Finally, some official clarification about the casting of Finnick – which has recently dominated Hunger Games fandom headlines – has appeared.

And it’s not what fans may expect.

The Hunger Games series producer Nina Jacobson told the Los Angeles Times that the casting field is still wide open despite reports that the group of contenders has been narrowed down:

But a producer of the sequel says even those whispers are “so not true.”

“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” Nina Jacobson told us on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”

But are the filmmakers taking fan input into account while seeking out their Finnick? Not entirely, says Jacobson.

“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, on the one hand,” she said. “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.”

Of course, Jacobson could be bluffing in order to put us all off the trail. We won’t know for sure until an official casting announcement is made, and who knows how long until that arrives.

Thanks to Mockingjay.