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Casting “Catching Fire.” August 23, 2012

Posted by ourfriendben in wit and wisdom.
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Silence Dogood here. As a fan of Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy, I’ve been watching with great interest as to who would be cast in the key roles of the second movie, “Catching Fire.” Once Philip Seymour Hoffman was cast as Plutarch Heavensbee, that left just two key roles, from my POV: Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason.

Finnick is described as a gorgeous Greek god, with blond hair, sea-green eyes, and bronze skin. He plays a major role not just in Catching Fire but in the final book of the trilogy, Mockingjay. Though he’s an idol in the Capitol, he’s still in his twenties. Who on earth could play him? Unfortunately, the uber-gorgeous Liam Hemsworth has already been cast as Gale.

Well, I have a suggestion. He’s certainly not blond, but as we’ve learned from Orlando Bloom’s performance as Legolas in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, a good prep team can work wonders. So I nominate Jonathan Rhys Meyers of “The Tudors” fame to play Finnick. He’s both sexy and cynical, the perfect combination for Finnick. Lionsgate, are you listening?

Johanna is so fierce, so fearless, yet she’s still willing to give her life for Panem’s emancipation from the chains of the Capitol. She, too, is in her twenties. Who should play her? Who could play her? Jessica Biel would be fantastic in my opinion. Who could stand against her? But Kate Beckinsale, Natalie Portman and Kiera Knightley might be contenders, too. What about Victoria Beckham?

So what do you think? Who would be your Finnick and Johanna? 

                ‘Til next time,