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