British actor Sam Claflin, 24, has secured the coveted role of past Hunger Games champion Finnick Odair in the hotly anticipated sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” reports EW.com.
Claflin is best known for his film roles in “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” as well as his small-screen breakthrough in the Starz miniseries “The Pillars of the Earth.”
Suzanne Collins’ best-selling young-adult dystopian book series “The Hunger Games” take place in a bleak, not-too-distant future in which North American society has collapsed and been replaced by Panem, in which every year two teenagers from each of the country’s 12 districts are summoned to the corrupt Capitol to participate in the deadly Hunger Games, a spectacle televised throughout the land.
Finnick, who hails from the seaside District 4, won the Games about 10 years before the events of “Catching Fire,” the second book in the series, and is drawn back into the spectacle during the special 75th annual Hunger Games, also known as the Quarter Quell. His initial Hunger Games success has turned him into a Panem sex symbol, but Finnick goes through considerable growth over the course of the second book as well as in the third novel, “Mockingjay.”
Lionsgate is planning to release three more movies based on Collins’ trilogy: “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will open in theaters Nov. 22, 2013; “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1″ is set for Nov. 21, 2014, release; and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2″ following on Nov. 20, 2015.
“The Hunger Games” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci and Toby Jones are planning to return for “Catching Fire,” which will be directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend”).
Along with Claflin, Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jena Malone, Amanda Plummer, Lynn Cohen and Maria Howell have been added to the sequel so far.
Read the “Catching Fire” synopsis, which will contain spoilers for those who have not read the books or seen the first movie, after the break.
In the thrilling sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have barely returned home after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games when they are whisked away once again by the Capitol. Forced to leave her family and best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss is dispatched on a victory tour of Panem with Peeta, where rebellion is seething in all 12 districts. The Capitol is enraged and ready to strike back . . . as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares the most diabolical edition of the Hunger Games yet. “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.