What a crazy news day! A rumor has just surfaced a while ago that actor Sam Claflin has been offered the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. And now, Variety is exclusively reporting the same thing, adding that Melissa Leo is the front-runner for the role of Mags and Tony Shalhoub is the producers' first pick for Beetee.
With two blockbusters under his belt, Brit thesp Sam Claflin looks to be lining up one more, as sources tell Variety that the "Snow White and the Huntsman" star is the choice to play Finnick Odair in Lionsgate's sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
Additionally, sources say that Oscar winner Melissa Leo and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub are the frontrunners to play Mags and Beetee, respectively. Regardless of the status of their potential involvement, Claflin, Leo and Shalhoub are all on the studio's shortlist for roles in the highly-anticipated sequel.
Lionsgate and all of the actors' respective reps had no comment on the casting.
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.
Indie veteran Leo has never appeared in a blockbuster movie, though she is currently filming a key supporting role alongside Tom Cruise in Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," based on the graphic novel from Radical Publishing. She's repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Shalhoub is no stranger to studio blockbusters, having appeared in two "Men in Black" films and three "Spy Kids" pics. He's repped by ICM Partners.Again, all of these remain rumors until Lionsgate confirms anything. But what do you guys think of these actors for those key Catching Fire roles?
UPDATE: Variety’s Jeff Sneider announced via Twitter that Melissa Leo is no longer in the running for Mags.
HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE casting update: MELISSA LEO's reps have been informed this afternoon that she is NOT getting the part of Mags.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) July 18, 2012
This is the problem with rumors guys. Even if they're from credible news outlets, they're really just rumors and could be changed or taken back any minute. -.-