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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bob

Posted at 1:28 AM on June 1, 2012  

GARRETT HEDLUND. please please

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hellokitty2142

Posted at 8:48 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett!!!

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idioso

Posted at 8:48 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett all the way. Taylor just told the Los Angeles Times he’s not doing it. Try to keep up.

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mel

Posted at 8:10 PM on May 31, 2012  

TAYLOR all the way. He’s a better actor, not to mention everyone loves him already, he can pull Finnick off! (no easy task)

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whatever

Posted at 7:53 PM on May 31, 2012  

Taylor is perfect, but his already filming a different movie with Marky Mark and Peter Berg at the same time CF goes to camera.

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Dea

Posted at 6:30 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett headline has the boyishly good looks and care free feel about him, this is what I pictured when I read Catching Fire. Taylor doesn’t seem right, doesn’t have the looks to pull of how Finnick is described. I really hope they go with Garett

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Angie

Posted at 6:35 PM on May 31, 2012  

I agree with you, agree it should be garret because he has more of the looks for what finnick is like

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anna

Posted at 5:58 PM on May 31, 2012  

Personally I don’t think either one is hot enough to be Finnick, but if I had to choose, I’d go with Garrett

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rachael

Posted at 5:43 PM on May 31, 2012  

I’m disappointed, was hoping for armie.

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Ruby

Posted at 4:58 PM on May 31, 2012  

How weird that today your source is telling you that it’s down to Garrett and Taylor with the studio favoring Taylor, when the LA Times says Taylor emailed them yesterday to say he didn’t want the part. Might want to re-evaluate your source there…

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MyriamOdair

Posted at 4:47 PM on May 31, 2012  

GARRETT IS PERFECT FOR FINNICK!

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Elie

Posted at 4:44 PM on May 31, 2012  

GARRETT is the better choice ! He is so Finnick !

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Ashley

Posted at 4:41 PM on May 31, 2012  

NOOOOOOO PLEASE THESE GUYS ARE BETTER THAN THE HUNGER GAMES PLEASE DON’T ACCEPT THE JOB!!!

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L.

Posted at 4:21 PM on May 31, 2012  

Well Taylor has just told LA times that he will not be playing Finnick (first story on Google news when you search Catching Fire, literally happened in the last hour). So….we haz a Garrett?!?!

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brionna

Posted at 3:54 PM on May 31, 2012  

ok well i reallly want garrett for finnick but honestly taaylor or anyone else they cast im sure would be the right choice. im just so overwhelmed with feelings becasue fiNNNICKKK, WE HAVE TO SEE HIM IN HIS UNDERWEAR IN MOCKINGJAY I CANT

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Alexis

Posted at 3:49 PM on May 31, 2012  

GARRETT HEDLUND WASBORN TO BE FINNICK!!!!!!!! IDC HE IS FINNICK!!!!!!

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Natalie

Posted at 3:48 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett PLEASE!!! I NEED THIS!! HE IS FINNICK!!

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Relly

Posted at 3:48 PM on May 31, 2012  

If it’s really down to those guys, the casting directors can’t go wrong. They’re both solid actors and would both bring something interesting and nuanced to the role. But then, I was on Team Anyone But Armie Hammer, so I’m going to be happy either way.

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Elt

Posted at 3:46 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett Garrett Garrett

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Harriet

Posted at 3:44 PM on May 31, 2012  

It’s got to be Garrett. Dear lord please.

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v

Posted at 3:38 PM on May 31, 2012  

Kitsch!!!

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L.

Posted at 3:27 PM on May 31, 2012  

Definitely Garrett Hedlund. He has the right personality anf work ethic to do well in this and bring the movie to the top. He had better acting experience in films like Tron and Troy, and lets face it, more fans want him to play the part. If they want more ticket sales in the box office, Garrett needs the part. He’s practically Finnick already in all the fan made posters and graphics around online, people have accepted him. In my opinion he also suits the books description as well.

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Kara

Posted at 2:56 PM on May 31, 2012  

Garrett

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ericcrawford

Posted at 2:47 PM on May 31, 2012  

Taylor Kitsch

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b

Posted at 2:36 PM on May 31, 2012  

definitely Garrett Hedlund!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Sabrina

Posted at 2:34 PM on May 31, 2012  

Taylor !!!!!!!!

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