With Catching Fire—the sequel to The Hunger Games—set to start filming in the fall, there had been great speculation of who would play the gorgeous 24-year-old Finnick Odair, a previous winner of the Hunger Games (Sam Claflin is now officially cast as Finnick). Though he has already found love with Annie, one can still dream that the much fawned over tribute was ours. We at ME decided to have our own casting call for the role of Finnick, and these seven men would have all of our eyes glued to the screen.
If it were up to ME, hands down the role of Finnick would go to the most gorgeous man on television, Mr. Jessie Williams. He stole the hearts of women all over America with his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on Grey’s Anatomy, and many believe he would do the same in Catching Fire. With his athletic build and dreamy green-blue eyes similar to Finnick he could easily nab this role, without complaint from Games fangirls.
Chase Crawford definitely deserves a role like this. He has already won us over as the charming Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl with his brooding good looks and moody personality. To see Chase change from a Lower Eastside rich kid to a man battling for his life would be a nice change of roles that many would love to see. Already a notable flirt, he would fit the role of Finnick perfectly, as he showed us how he can win over just about anyone, from Blair to Serena to Vanessa on the hit series we’ve watched for years.
No stranger to action flicks, Garrett Hedlund is also a perfect contender to star as Finnick. From Eragon to Troy to the more recent Tron, Garrett knows what it takes to fight for his life. Though there is little known about him, what better reason to have him as one of the leading roles in Catching Fire? He’s not bad to look at either—with his light colored hair and even lighter eyes, he looks more like the Finnick we’d imagine without even trying to. Plus, he sings! Who doesn’t love a guy who sounds even better than he looks?!
Also rumored to star in another book-turned movie (The Mortal Instruments, out in 2013), Alex Pettyfer is strikingly attractive—even more so shirtless. With books-adapted-to-film experience, this role would be a cinch for him when it comes to getting into character. At 22, he fits the age range, and this model-turned actor is not afraid of the limelight—he’s known for having quite a cocky demeanor. Could he turn on the sensitivity for this role when it comes to the loving Finnick? Only time will tell.
Boy, oh boy, Chris Zylka. From his chiseled jaw to his muscular physique, The Secret Circle star can definitely pull off the sexy tribute look. He may not have a long list of acting credits but this could be his chance to prove to us what he is really capable of. Maybe after seeing him in The Amazing Spider-Man we can put him as a top choice. His looks alone already have him at the top of our list, he is quite the looker—check out his Abercrombie ads!
This former model may have what it takes to play the infamous Odair. The Battleship star knows a little something about action, which could help him tremendously in Catching Fire. If you ever watched Friday Night Lights you know he is capable of getting a little emotional. Add on the fact that he is very handsome and we could have a good actor for the role of Finnick on our hands. It is rumored that Taylor may just be the man for the job, but I guess we’ll find out more when they start filming!
Who DIDN’T think of this man when Finnick’s name starting flying around the entertainment world? The Twilight saga star has it all: the looks, the acting experience, and an everlasting charm. Having previously worked with the new director, Francis Lewis, they already know they can work together and produce greatness. Plus we all know how he can make us really believe in him as a character—he still has us think of the blood-sucking Edward at first glance. However, that may his downfall—how could one forget why Robert is such a huge star in the first place? I believe if he does his research on Finnick we could have had the best person for the role right in front of our faces all along.
Tell ME: Who would you love to see grace the screen?