May 31, 2012

NEWS: Taylor Kitsch on Finnick rumors: "I'm NOT playing Finnick in Catching Fire"

The casting for the role of Finnick Odair has started heating up since E! Online reported a couple of days ago that the casting for the role was already down to the 3 fan favorites: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garret Hedlund. However, Zap2It contradicted the news yesterday, reporting that while the 3 are on the run, Lionsgate is considering a lot of actors, including famous ones and unknowns. They also added that auditions have officially begun last Tuesday (May 29, 2012). But here's some interesting news. Taylor Kitsch, one of the supposed fan favorites, gave his comment about the matter and denied his inclusion to it whatsoever. Read an email that he sent to LATimes below!

With casting for the second installment of "The Hunger Games" franchise underway, fans of the dystopian sci-fi series have been breathlessly debating who will play an integral character in "Catching Fire." 
Finnick Odair, described by author Suzanne Collins as an Adonis-like womanizer, first appears in "Catching Fire" and has a complex relationship with heroine Katniss Everdeen. So admirers of the series were thrown into a tizzy this week when E! News reported that filmmakers had narrowed down the casting to three heartthrobs: Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund. 
But you can knock one of those dreamboats off the list, because Kitsch says he won't be joining the cast of the mega-successful film series. 
"Not going to happen," the 31-year-old actor wrote in an email on Wednesday. Kitsch, who is coming off the poor box office performance of the big-budget films "John Carter" and "Battleship," would seem to have fit the bill for the athletic, good-looking character.
Are you surprised and sad that he's not on the run for Finnick anymore? Post your comments below!

Source: LATimesBlog


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