No, there’s still nothing official yet, but are we one step closer to meeting our Finnick? Lainey Gossip (she who broke the news of Jennifer Lawrence’s initial front-runner status for Katniss) reports “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” director Francis Lawrence has his mind set on Armie Hammer to play the dashing District 4 tribute and fan favorite Finnick Odair and that “if he could start tomorrow with his dream cast, Armie would be Finnick”.
But don’t celebrate just yet, ArmieForFinnick supporters. The difference between Lainey’s report this time and the one written at the time of Lawrence’s casting, is that there seems to be a lot of doubt as to whether Hammer is even interested. As we said as well, Hammer is an increasingly in demand young actor, and he and his people could simply decide committing his heavily scheduled time to a teen franchise for potentially three more movies is not the best move for him. In the meantime, fellow rumored maybe-Finnick Taylor Kitsch has apparently taken himself out of the running, telling The LA Times point blank: “Not going to happen.” Not a peep from Garrett Hedlund’s camp, which is probably smart if he is actually interested in the job.
Hammer is currently filming the titular role in “The Lone Ranger” opposite Johnny Depp for director Gore Verbinski, a feat that perhaps had seemed a much a bigger deal pre-”Dark Shadows”, and he has a couple of indie thrillers lined up: “By Virtue Fall” with Eric Bana and “Cut Bank” with Teresa Palmer, both potentially shooting this fall, so he may not even be available. There’s still a big question mark hanging over this one, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it as closely as you will.
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Linda studied Film & Digital Media at the University of California. She likes David Fincher, New York City, and cats. She founded Up&Comers in 2010. You can find more of her film reporting at Bleeding Cool, book reviews at light-of-day.net and random ramblings, 140 characters at a time, on Twitter.