No claps for the title please. I actually deserve to be slapped for it.
‘Catching Fire’ casting is underway, well ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ is the official title. First off the title is unnecessary. I can’t believe I’m about to give Twilight a compliment, but I like how they give to movie the name of the book and just tack on ‘The Twilight Saga’ on all promotional material.
News right now is the three Actors still up for the role of Finnick are Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund.
I choose Hedlund. Why? Because I had to look him up.
The movie has a giant fan base. ‘Hunger Games’ was a box office and critical hit. There is no conceivable way that the sequel opens up to less than $100m it’s first weekend.
We don’t need another big name.
Finnick is a fan favorite character. Giving the role to some hot young rising star will make people only see the actor and not the character they want. Give the role to an unknown and we only see Finnick.
Hammer won’t bring in crowds. Kitsch won’t bring in crowds. Both ‘Mirror Mirror’ and ‘John Carter’ bombed. Get an actor who will make your existing crowd happy. That should be your chief concern (SEE: Whedon directing Avengers)
Sure Hedlund was in ‘Tron: Legacy’, but who knew that right away? If you have to google him, he’s the character first.