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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.

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

    I am hoping that she is just bluffing, because if they don’t have ideas on who to cast yet, then I am extremely worried. They start filming in two months, and they still need to do stunt training for all the new tributes. Not to mention, we haven’t even heard ANYTHING on the new script and if it’s been written or not.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1396140172 Caitlin Toner

      I agree. I had hoped that once the director issue was resolved everyone would hit the ground rolling. Casting and writing should be completed already, what if they have issues with cast contracts, or the final draft of the script isn’t satisfactory? They are cutting it way to close for my taste.

    • Rhiannon

      I think that Elizabeth Banks accidentally let it slip Sunday during a MTV interview that the current cast had received their scripts. I think Hypable may have a post about, but if they don’t, you can look it up. It was from the MTV Movie Awards. :)

  • Rumbleroar Luna

    Yes, still hope for Joey Richter?
    I honestly think he’d be great

    • Rumbleroar Luna

      Even if he hasn’t auditioned. But maybe he did, he didn’t say when he auditioned for Sebastian.

      • aschech626

        I bet he has auditioned.

    • http://twitter.com/missxdelaney Jemma

      Joey Richter for Finnick, seriously?

  • http://twitter.com/ceilidh_brenzzz Ceilidh Brennan

    Well, this sucks.

  • nic_nac

    Back to worrying again. I actually thought that Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund were perfect possible picks already!

  • EmHof

    you’re killin’ me, Smalls! 

    But seriously, I think Nina may want to throw us off the scent so that Finnick’s casting is a surprise. That’s hard to do these days. We’ll see what happens. Pre-production is supposed to start this month so it’s gotta be soon. If filming starts late August they need a month or so of prep time (that’s about what Josh and Liam got) so it should seriously be this month. I just have no patience for these things!

  • tG

    we all know you cast tommy wiseau already, there’s no point in being evasive

    • guest

      excuse me, based on What sources?

      you’re the very first person who mentioned wiseau and i dont even know who he is

  • belac889

    Joey Graceffa!

    • Guest


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  • Morsmordre79

    Erm…if this is actually true, they may want to consider making up their minds. I mean, if filming’s supposed to start in August… 

    And not just Finnick. They still need Johanna, Beetee, Mags, Plutarch, etc. I mean, the last thing I want is for production to be rushed, but unless they’ve been really good at keeping all of these castings quiet, I’m worried they’re going to run out of time and REALLY end up rushing it. :-/

  • Allison L.

    i kinda hope that we get the entire cast at once..i feel like that never happens!

  • Dreamer

    I want them to get the right person for the role but I’m getting worried about how much time they’re taking for casting. Every day that they’re debating about casting is every day they don’t have to shoot and with Jen’s tight schedule, they need to make sure they leave enough time to get all the filming done (with good acting). I really hope they’re not like this with every new cast member!

    • Guest

      i agree, making me understand Gary even more, and adding to my worry about the final outcome  : S

  • WhatTheGrace

    This Finnick casting is i think almost just as big as the main trio casting, there’s just so much speculation. Regardless of who get chosen to play he part there;s going to be some kind of uproar on the internet. 

    Other key characters are being over-looked like Johanna’s casting and Beetee, i’d say they’re quite important particularly Johanna as we develop a level of attachment to her and she’s Finnick’s closest friend.

    I really wish they would include Madge – even if they introduced her just as the mayors daughter, not even being one of Katniss’ closest friends, just having her there being kind etc… I wonder how they’re going to do the scene where Katniss catches a glimpse of the rebellion on the tv screen at the mayor’s house – it’s a key scene… (they’re probably going to make it so that she over-hears a convo between Cinna & Haymitch or something

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

    I hope they are getting somewhere. A small part of me still hopes they’ll bring forward the release date… :)

  • jff0610

    Umm, at this point, pretty soon it’ll be down to “What fairly good-looking actor is available on such short notice?”

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