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HEY LOOK, They’ve Finally Officially Announced Who’s Playing Finnick!

And, well, it’s exactly who it was rumored to be a month ago. Was that so hard, Lionsgate? You couldn’t have just announced it when the cat first came out of the bag? You really shouldn’t keep trying to stuff cats back into small enclosed spaces, PETA might get upset.

But, most of us expected but probably hadn’t fully accepted, it’s official: Sam Claflin is our Finnink Odair. 

As it turns out, Lionsgate might have actually had an OK reason for not just getting it over with and telling us: After they initially decided they wanted Claflin, there was some sort of problem with an option the actor owed to another studio that brought up some scheduling conflicts; they had to wait until those were sorted out.

If you have no idea who Sam Claflin is: He was previously seen in Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Carribbean: On Stranger Tides.

If you have no idea who Finnick is: First of all, go read the books, what have you been doing with your life?? Second: Finnick was a victor from District 4 when he was fourteen, who is (SPOILER ALERT PROBABLY) brought back into the Quarter Quell Hunger Games along with Katniss and Peeta and a whole lot of other people. He enjoys swimming and shocking Katniss with his nudity; in Susana’s words, “he is the Magic Mike of the Hunger Games” (END SPOILER ALERT)

I get the feeling, after processing my own emotions (or “feels,” as they say) about this casting, as well as observing the outpour of opinions that came out over it when it was first rumored, that this isn’t going to sit well with some people. In my experience people react very strongly to the casting of crucial Hunger Games characters.

But as Finnick is known for saying, “it takes ten times as long to put yourself back together as it does to fall apart.” So before you all fall apart in the comments, know this: I understand. He’s not exactly who you pictured. He’s not Hunter Parrish, or Garrett Hedlund, or Jesse Williams, or one of the other million personal headcanons people compile as they read. The fact that Tyler Hoechlin was up for the role but didn’t get it makes my recently-Teen-Wolf-converted soul cry, but we won’t get into that.

Finnick is one of the most beloved characters of the Hunger Games series; he’s fun, he’s frank, he’s sexy, and his story is tinged with multiple layers of tragedy. What more could you ask for? We’re sure Claflin will do a perfectly fine job. He’s dashing. If you love Finnick, you’re probably going to enjoy the character no matter who the name in the credits is.

As long as it’s not Nicolas Cage. Just be glad they didn’t cast Nicolas Cage.

(via Deadline)

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  • Holly Kinnamont

    Was he the super righteous missionary dude in Pirates? He’s okay. I was hoping for Jesse Williams or a POC for the role, because I think the Katniss-casting discussions have made me super aware of how whitewashed the Hunger Games movies are.

    BUT IF HE’S SEXY, I CAN DEAL. And you’re right, Mary Sue. You are so right. At least it isn’t Nicolas Cage.

  • Steven Ray Morris

    He’s handsome, that’s all you need.

  • Anna B

    Oh, it’s not a terrible choice. I’m sure I could learn to like him as Finnick.

    I did not remember him as preacher dude in Pirates until you mentioned it. He was okay.  But come to think of it, I’m not a huge fan of Finnick per se. I think he’s alright, but I was more of a Johanna fan.

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  • Anonymous

    I wish all our commenters would just say harumph when they disagreed instead of getting longwinded and petty-sounding and angry…

    I mean that sincerely. A++ would read comment again.

  • Wolf

    Give him a tan and bleach his hair (as you do) and I can see it.  Needs to beef up a bit though.

  • Stacy Roth

    Yeah I cared a lot more about the casting of Johanna than Finnick. And I’m pleased with that so…

  • Joanna

    The Magic Mike of the Hunger Games… I think I could live with that.

  • Erin Carr

    You can tell the casting director has a “type”, can’t you? He and Josh Hutcherson could be brothers.

  • Steamgirl

    I had no idea Tyler Hoechlin was up for the role. That would have been awesome, but I would only ever see him as Derek. 

  • Shania

    He’s perfect!!! XD

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  • Carmen Sandiego

     I really wanted Jesse Williams.  Harrumph indeed.

  • Sefa

    Hey, maybe he’s a great actor, but he’s just another boring, bland white guy. Like you said, Finnick is sexy, but this guy is barely memorable. 

  • Rarity

    Looking through his filmography, I only know him as the guy who falls for a mermaid in the forth Pirates of the Caribbean and Kristen Stewart’s love interest in Snow White and the Huntsman, and he sure did do a fine job of being a pretty boy type of character in those. He was bland, but he got the job done fine, I suppose. Give him a chance, those roles don’t exactly showcase his acting skills very well.

  • Addie/Annie D

    I didn’t really picture Finnick much in my head… 

    Okay so I’m lying a bit..-cough-Alex Pettyfer-cough- Sam Claflin still handsome and I look forward to seeing him portray Finnick in the second movie. 

  • Karen Chan

    this guy looks like Orlando Bloom’s clone.

  • Rul Iman Nur Rahidzab

    Haha I also pictured Alex when I read the book! But Claflin may do good, as long as the acting suits how it was described. They just have to tan his skin, lighten the hair colour a bit.. Hm hmm.