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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Producers Tell Us All To Calm Down About Non-Existent Casting

Real Or Not Real?

The producers of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire would like us all to take a deep breathe and calm the hell down. At least when it comes to these casting “announcements” we’ve been seeing. You can still be totally out of your mind excited for the movie itself. 

First, Robert Pattinson was rumored to be taking on the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel. Well, that was news to him. He even had to check in with his agent to make sure it wasn’t true. Then John Carter’s Taylor Kitsch caught the rumor bug. That was also proven false.

Then there was the news that actors Armi Hammer and Garrett Hedlund were on the “short list” for the same role. And that was supposed to be official.

Yadda, yadda, yadda, you’re all wrong says producer Nina Jacobson. “So not true,” were apparently her real words.

She went on to tell 24 Frames, “That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are. We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”

So what about all those suggestions from fans, both of the actors above and others like The Cabin in the Woods/Grey’s Anatomy’s Jesse Williams and my own personal campaign for Justin Hartley from Smallville?

“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand,” said Jacobson. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”

Seriously though, has a fan campaign to get a certain actor cast ever worked?

(via /Film)

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