British actor Sam Claflin has joined the cast of the new Hunger Games movie.
Claflin was first linked to the key supporting role of Finnick Odair earlier this month (August 2012), but the deal was held up by potential scheduling conflicts. However, makers Lionsgate have now confirmed his casting in a press release.
Released yesterday (August 22), the statement reads: “Lionsgate and the filmmakers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire are pleased to announce that Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’s worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charismatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.”
Claflin, 26, came to prominence when he played lovesick missionary Philip Swift in 2011’s Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. This year (2012), he has starred in BBC drama series White Heat and appeared on the big screen alongside Kristen Stewart in Snow White And The Huntsman.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second film in the fantasy series, is scheduled for release in November 2013. Jennifer Lawrence will reprise her role as Katniss, while castmates Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are also confirmed for the sequel. Earlier this month (August), it was announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play the film’s Head Gamemaker, Plutarch Heavensbee.
The first Hunger Games film was released in March (2012) and has since grossed more than $677 million (£432 million) at the worldwide box office. Scroll down to watch the trailer.