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Sam Claflin Offered Coveted 'Hunger Games' Finnick Odair Role

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Hunger Games fans hungering for some news on the casting of Finnick Odair in the sequel Catching Fire will be interested to hear that a tribute has been chosen, and it's Sam Claflin, Variety reports:

Finnick was the most coveted available role in the "Hunger Games" sequel, and sources tell Variety that Claflin is nearing an offer. The character, who was 14 when he was selected as a tribute, is one of the youngest to have won the Hunger Games. Katniss does not trust him at first and is hesitant to make Finnick her ally, though he proves to be valuable after he saves Peeta from drowning in the Quarter Quell.

Claflin burst onto Hollywood's radar when he scored a key supporting role alongside Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." He went on to vie for Kristen Stewart's affections in "Snow White and the Huntsman." He's repped by CAA and Independent Talent Group.


Chris Colfer Was Cut from 'The Hunger Games': VIDEO

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"I played Ru's brother."

Vinny from Jersey Shore, Max Greenfield, Amber Rose, Questlove, and Chloë Moretz also discuss how they got the axe.

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24 Hipsters Fight to the Death in 'The Hipster Games': VIDEO

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Raw food vegans have a distinct advantage.

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Hunger Games PSAs

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College Humor cooked up some retro posters with urgent Hunger Games messaging.

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Now Playing: The Hunger Games

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Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) breaks the fourth wall in The Hunger Games

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

GuestbloggerYOUR FEATURE PRESENTATION

"The Hunger Games," now in their 74th year, began as a way to punish an uprising against the government. The totalitarian regime of Panem (in what remains of the former United States) maintains total control over the outlying districts. Each of the 12 districts is required to send forth two "tributes" annually, a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 to 18 chosen by lottery. They are shipped to the Capital where they are paraded about and then shipped off to die for the amusement of the masses. Everyone in the nation watches. There are no alternatives in this dystopia. Only one adolescent will live bringing supposed honor (and maybe food?) to their starving district... or so claims the capital. What honor there is in forcing teenagers to kill each other is not a question the Capitol asks itself.

Any similarities that THE HUNGER GAMES has to the Japanese classic Battle Royale (2000), which also features schoolchildren forced to kill each other by a totalitarian regime -- only one survivor allowed -- are, according to The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, entirely coincidental. Another film in this subgenre, the little seen Series 7: The Contenders (2001) also features mandatory lotteried killing for televised amusement. In short, the ideas are nothing new, just the treatment; these are topics we're obviously grappling with in popular culture in this era of televised "reality" and winner takes all capitalistic vice. The gap between the haves and have nots grows and this dystopia gives it steroids.

When 12 year old Primrose Everdeen (Willow Shields) is named as tribute in "The Reaping" ceremony, her protective sister Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) volunteers to take her place. The district also sends Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a sweet strong baker's son who Katniss knows a little. Will they kill or be killed? 

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Lenny Kravitz Discusses Cinna's Sexuality in 'The Hunger Games'

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Lenny Kravitz was asked by Movieline whether he thinks his character Cinna, who serves as stylist for Hunger Games tribute Katniss, is gay:

"I have no idea. I have no idea. I played him right in the middle, and one of the inspirations is a friend of mine, actually, who I grew up with. He’s bisexual and you could think he’s gay, you could think he’s straight, you’re not really sure. It’s very subtle. You wouldn’t know it, but Cinna’s speech patterns and the way he enunciates was kind of based on this person that’s just a friend of mine, who I thought was a good example."

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