'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire:' Production Will Begin in September; Sam Claflin Cast for Finnick Odair?
News surrounding "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is surfacing every week as fans are hungry to know more details.
According to CBS News, Woody Harrelson, who stars as Haymitch Abernathy in the "Hunger Games" movies, said that filming will begin next month on the second film adaption of Suzanne Collins' bestselling trilogy.
Haymitch is a middle-aged drunkard who formerly won the Hunger Games and is a mentor for the competitors from the downtrodden District 12 in a post-apocalyptic America.
Monday on "CBS This Morning," Harrelson said the film will be shot in Atlanta, and in Hawaii. "The part I'm not in is going to be shot in Hawaii, which happens to be where I live. It's one of life's ironies."
With this new information, it means that castings for the other roles are extremely close.
According to IMDb, Sam Claflin is listed to play Finnick Odair. Lionsgate has not officially announced that Claflin got the role.
Claflin is best known for playing Kristen Stewart's childhood sweetheart, William, in "Snow White and the Huntsman." He also played Philip in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides."
In July, Zap2it reported that their reliable sources said that the British actor has claimed the role of Finnick Odair. The producer, Nina Jacobson, and Lionsgate have signed off on Claflin's order, and now he just has to accept the role.
Finnick is a crucial role in the upcoming movie. He becomes a key player in Katniss' life, especially after he saves Peeta from drowning in the Quarter Quell. He's muscular, tan and blonde-haired, and he helps the rebellion by appearing in rebel propos and revealing political secrets of the Capitol.
In recent "Hunger Game" news, Cinema Blend announced that Variety reported that Patrick St. Esprit, star of TV's "Sons of Anarchy," has been cast as Romulus Thread, the harsh and violent Peacekeeper dispatched by the government to maintain order in District 12, the poor mining town that's home to our heroine, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
Cinema Blend said, "Thread is a small role but an important one in the middle section of the book, where Katniss and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) have returned from their Victory Tour and attempt to settle into life in District 12, even when the totalitarian government continues cracking down on their relatively peaceful way of life."
Zap2it also reported that "Monk" star Tony Shalhoub is the frontrunner for the crucial role of Beetee.
Recently, Lionsgate and the filmmakers of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" announced Thursday that Lynn Cohen will play the role of Mags, the 80-year-old female tribute from District 4, who will join Finnick in the 75th Hunger Games.
"Catching Fire" is set to release in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.