Sam Claflin Cast as Finnick in Hunger Games: Catching Fire

If you haven’t read the Hunger Games trilogy yet, you’re kind of crazy.  It’s a great trilogy and incredibly quick reads (I think it took me all of four days to read all three books).  For those who have read the series, we’ve been awaiting to see who would be cast as the former tribute Finnick Odair, and now Lionsgate has given us our answer: Sam Claflin.  Here’s some info from the press release:

Sam Claflin

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’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.

After breaking out in his role as the romantic lead in last year’s PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES, Claflin starred in the box office smash SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN playing Prince William alongside Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth. He recently finished filming THE QUIET ONES opposite Jarred Harris, and MARY & MARTHA, in which he co-stars with Hilary Swank.

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever.

I’m a tad worried about this.  Claflin isn’t a terrible actor, but his roles in On Stranger Tides and Hunstman were rather forgettable.  He’s going to have to step up to be Finnick, since the character plays a fairly important role later one.  Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.  The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will begin production soon, and is set to release on November 22, 2013

What are your thoughts on this casting?