As part of a summer of healthy living, I have made it a goal to work out every day. Yesterday, I had my friend Patrick’s birthday party in the evening so I had to move up my work out a few hours. After completing my cardio, I was in the middle of my push-ups when I got the worst text I ever received. My friend Lauren shared the news that rumors were circulating that the role of Finnick Odair had been cast. And, it was not someone I wanted. For those of you who are not members of the Brian Tuft Book Club or live under a rock, Finnick Odair is a character in the second and third books of the Hunger Games series. He has also become the hottest casting property in recent history. A few months ago, I presented Colton Haynes as my pick, I also echoed the wide spread sentiments that Armie Hammer or Taylor Kisch would be fine as well. Other names thrown out included Lucas Til, Jesse Williams and Trevor Donovan, and while I did have my heart set on Colton, all of them became acceptable to me over time. So when Lauren sent me the news that the casting was a dark horse who’s name was never mentioned during the months of rumor mill churning, it came as a surprise. And, an unpleasant one at that.
This dark horse is named Sam Claflin, I know him from “Snow White and the Huntsman” the latest Kristen Stewart atrocity I suffered through. He played her best friend from childhood, who was the story’s Prince Charming. I don’t know if it was that he was playing fourth fiddle after an Oscar winner, Edward Cullens’s baby mama and Thor but he seemed very bland, kind of weak and most certainly didn’t register as a sexy Adonis. The entire role was pointless and didn’t do anything to make it to stand out. So my initial reaction has been very negative. While I was excited about them landing Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Jena Malone as Johanna, this role was the one I was the most excited about. So I feel like my knee jerk reaction of hating the casting of this film with the intensity of 1,000 Cinna made fire capes is to be expected. However, my reaction was similar when I learned of Josh Hutcherson’s casting in the series, and look how that turned out. I can only hope that the casting director saw something in Sam’s audition that I have not seen in his on-screen work thus far. Because, while I concede that some of the edits and changes in the film may not have been great. No one can convince me that the casting was not top notch. From Jennifer Lawerence and Josh Hutcherson, to Wes Bentley and the other 22 tributes. Every single one of those actors took the characters I imagined and made them real. As of press time, Sam Claflin hasn’t made an announcement, and Lionsgate remains mum as well. What should be pointed out is that the casting ofAmanda Plummer as Wires another tribute was confirmed yesterday, after the Finnick story broke so the lack of comment strikes me as odd. I guess only time will tell, and with each day we move closer to the Quarter Quell. Tick tock, tick tock Lionsgate.