Garrett Hedlund And Taylor Kitsch Are Final Two Contenders For Finnick In 'Catching Fire'

Thu, May 31, 2012 2:19pm EDT by 48 Comments

The competition for who will play Finnick Odair in the ‘Hunger Games’ sequel is heating up and an insider tells HollywoodLife.com it’s down to these hot two actors!

Finnick Odair won us over in The Hunger Games books, introduced in the second novel Catching Fire as a strong, fierce competitor whose love for Annie makes him all the more endearing. The casting for his character is being closely monitored by Tributes and we have the scoop on the final two actors in line for the part!

“It is currently a two horse race between Garrett Hedlund and Taylor Kitsch,” a source tells HollywoodLife.com. And while yesterday reports suggest Armie Hammer was also in the running, as well as a few unknowns, our insider says Garrett and Taylor are the top two choices. “The filmmakers aren’t scared of Taylor’s recent struggles with his movies, and he currently has the edge in gaining the role. They feel he needs the right role and this could be it.” But they still see the appeal of Kristen Stewart‘s On the Road costar, Garrett. “The filmmakers are eager to see ‘On the Road’ and see how it does, because if it’s a hit and Garrett gets some major buzz from it, then they will give him more of the edge.”

Our insider adds that Lionsgate execs aren’t worried about the next Hunger Games movie being successful, but they still prefer to have the bigger star for such an important role.

What do you guys think? Would you rather see Garrett or Taylor as Finnick? Let us know in the comments!

Reporting by Russ Weakland

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Elise

Posted at 4:46 PM on August 19, 2012  

Garret!!!! He’s soo much more like Finnick!! He’s the perfect fit for Finnick, he has the hair and the eyes and everything and he’s plenty pretty, why is this even a question? Just pick Garret already!!!

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Nadia

Posted at 12:40 AM on August 19, 2012  

Garrett PLEASE!

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rach

Posted at 1:39 PM on August 12, 2012  

Garret completely. The other guy is so wrong :)

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norap4jz

Posted at 7:31 PM on August 9, 2012  

I want to see Garrett as Finnick! I think he would do a great job bringing the character to life, he has the whole sexy/ mysterious vibe going but you can also see him being sweet and gentle… in other words a perfect Finnick!

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Ann

Posted at 7:15 AM on June 29, 2012  

Garrett is better finnick than anyone else ! he’s just like i imagined finnick to be ;)

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Megan

Posted at 6:02 PM on June 26, 2012  

I’ve said from the start that Garrett was the perfect Finnick and now he’s a frontrunner. Finnick is 27, has golden hair, a fair tan, and a hot body. Garrett has all of those. Also, he already has enough buzz from Tron: Legacy and Country Strong. Finnick Odair is my favorite Hunger Games character so they better get him right. (:

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THG LOVER

Posted at 6:07 PM on June 19, 2012  

I <3 Garrett hedlund for FINNICK:)

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Aurelia

Posted at 8:54 AM on June 17, 2012  

GARRETT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Definitely Garrett! Taylor is not Finnick enough. He lacks that FInnick-charm-thingy. Please Francis, PICK GARRETT HEDLUND!!!

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Nicky

Posted at 9:07 PM on June 4, 2012  

GARRETT HEDLUND ALL THE WAY!!!!

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Jackie

Posted at 5:54 PM on June 3, 2012  

Taylor isn’t Finnick-y enough. Like, the hair and eyes. I know the make-up department exists in Hollywood — but at the end of the day, it’s just not going to be enough. And I’ve seen his acting. It’s alright, in my opinion. He just doesn’t strike me as someone who could possibly play such an important role in the Hunger Games sequel like Finnick Odair.
As for Garrett, well… HE’S MY FINNICK! He has the looks, I like his acting, and HAVE YOU HEARD HIS VOICE? Reminds me of Finnick completely. He’s so handsome, cute and … just an amazing actor. He should get the role. All we can do now is just pray he lands the DAMN role! :D

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Eska

Posted at 7:28 AM on June 3, 2012  

Garrett !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Only Garrett <3

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amy

Posted at 6:27 PM on June 2, 2012  

Garrett Hedlund!!!!!!!!!!!!! it would be stupid to cast taylor! Garrett is Finnick!!!! <3

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Ryder

Posted at 12:49 AM on June 2, 2012  

If they cast Taylor as Finnick, I wouldn’t even be mad. I’d just laugh. That would be a joke. But Garrett is Finnick. He really is. The only thing people argue agaist that is he is not pretty enough, and he’s too old. Well he’s not to old. If he’s too old to play Finnick then Jennifer’s too old to play Katniss. And if he’s not pretty enough, then who is?

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Mary Lou Harper

Posted at 5:56 PM on June 3, 2012  

Agreed. I also don’t see how Garrett Hedlund is old. He’s just 27. And they need an actor older than Jennifer Lawrence. At least by two-three years or maybe even more. It seems rather reasonable. And Taylor is 31. So, I don’t know why people are even calling Garrett old.

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Heather

Posted at 5:03 PM on June 1, 2012  

I probably wouldn’t go see the movie if they cast Taylor..
Garrett is an almost exact fit to what i thought finnick should be.

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Aurelia

Posted at 8:56 AM on June 17, 2012  

I agree

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bella

Posted at 9:37 AM on June 1, 2012  

Garrat hedlond would make a better finnick odair.

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Kat

Posted at 9:18 AM on June 1, 2012  

their both weird! i thing that Jemey Sumpter should play Finnick and i dont want Finnick to be weird like theys people in the movie!

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bebe

Posted at 8:17 AM on June 1, 2012  

Taylor K all the way!!!

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JankiH

Posted at 6:07 AM on June 1, 2012  

Neither of them! Trevor Donovan IS Finnick

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Kathrine

Posted at 5:24 AM on June 1, 2012  

Garrett Hedlund is Finnick!i always imagine him as Finn!but i don’t want to be so confident because that happened with Peeta they were saying that is up to Alex Pettyfer and Hunter Parish but thank God none of them took the role and it was Josh <3 i really hope Garrett is the one!

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finnicktheoddhair

Posted at 1:32 AM on June 1, 2012  

GARRETT HEDLUND. YES HE IS FINNICK.

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