Lionsgate has announced that Sam Claflin has been cast as Finnick in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, based on Suzanne Collins’ best-seller “Catching Fire.” Charasmatic and clever, Finnick was a District 4 Hunger Games victor when he was fourteen.
After breaking out in his role in last year’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Claflin starred in 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.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik.The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has sold more than 50 million books in print and digital in the U.S. alone.
Lionsgate will release The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on November 22, 2013.