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Sam Claflin Officially Confirmed As Finnick Odair In Catching Fire

After weeks of rumors that Sam Claflin had been offered the role of trident wielding hunk Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, Lionsgate has officially confirmed that he will play the role.

Claflin, most known for his role on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is one of the final tributes to have been cast for the upcoming sequel. Finnick is a previous victor from the 65th Hunger Games when he was just 14. He is known for his proficiency with a trident as well as being a strong swimmer. He is charming and incredibly handsome and is used by the Capitol because of his good looks.

The role of Finnick had several rumors over the months of who would gain the pivotale role. Actors such as Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund were thrown about at different points.

Claflin joins fellow newcomers Jena Malone as Johanna Mason and Lynn Cohen as Mags(an elderly ally of Finnick’s), as well as returning players Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen and Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark. Directed by Francis Lawrence, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” sets screens ablaze on November 22, 2013.

Casting Update for Catching Fire Film

Fans are finally getting what they have been waiting for over the last few months. Casting news for the highly anticipated film adaptation sequel, Catching Fire. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, is the film and book sequel to The Hunger Games. 

Catching Fire includes some new characters that fans have been dying to know about. Last week it was announced that actress Jena Malone had the role of Johanna Mason, an important role in the second and third books of the trilogy.

Then this week, it was announced that Amanda Plummer, most know for her role as Honey Bunny in cult film Pulp Fiction has secured the role of Wiress, nicknamed “Nuts” by the other tributes due to her lunacy. In reality, Wiress, is actually very smart, catching on to the clock theme of the Arena early on.

Wiress is a part of a duo, though, with the character of Beetee, nicknamed “Bolts,” effectively making the duo “Nuts and Bolts.” The word announced today is that award winning actor Tony Shaloub has gotten the part. Shaloub is most known for his role as the titular character in the USA series,”Monk.” While the role has not been confirmed it seems pretty reasonable.

The biggest news of all is the casting of Finnick Odair. Fans have spent MONTHS speculating who would land the highly coveted role and it seems we finally have a winner. According to Zap2it, british actor Sam Claflin has been officially offered the role of Finnick. Claflin is most known for his role in Snow White and the Huntsman. 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

New Photos for Snow White and the Huntsman

More photos from the upcoming movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, were recently released online by Universal Pictures. This was done via the movie’s official Facebook page and I’m sure we’ll see more in the near future until the release date June 1st.

Cashing in on the likes of the largest market in the world with disposable income; nerds and 14 year old girls; more and more shows and movies have been focusing on fairy tales. This I believe is based on the popularity of a series of comics called Fables.

Fables started in 2002, published by DC Comic’s Vertigo. The series is about a number of characters from various fairy tales and folklore who have been forced out of their homelands by the great Adversary. The Fables; what they refer to themselves as; have traveled to the real world and formed a secret community in New York City known as Fabletown. I wonder if my attachment to these characters are how ancient Greek children viewed their gods. A collection of stories that are as flawed as we mortals are.

Looking towards the instant win section for comics, “Fables” and all the characters that are used in the story are part of public domain. So why wouldn’t the industry cash in?

Snow White and the Huntsman is another story that’s been adapted for the big screen based reworked fairy tales. Drawn from the tales by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Huntsman adds to the long procession of movies or television shows aimed at children stories gone dark; which they really didn’t have to go any further than the original story, not rewriting them to be Twilighty. For example, in the original Snow White story, the evil queen dies dancing to death, forced to wear red hot iron shoes.

According to the official movie website, the story goes as follows.

 “In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.

The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.”

Yes, I get the portion where the megalomaniac decides to save on time and resources by outsourcing the labor to a source of cheap and skilled workers. What I don’t get is that in what world, real or fantasy is Kristen Stewart hotter than Charlize Theron? Considering that this is a fairy tale, it’s the least believable part.

As the incarnation of the Mirror said to the queen in the trailer, “You are fairest, but there is another destined to surpass you.” Meaning that Stewart is not the fairest yet. A bit of foreshadowing, especially if the Queen is killing anyone that looks remotely attractive, once Queeny bites the dust, Stewart will win by default; two of the sweetest words of the English language. Dee Fault!

So this isn’t going to be the last of reinterpreted children stories. What we’ll see instead are more and more until the next genre of “Whats in” kicks in.

Considering my bias towards actors in this movie, I think of a Fables storyline. Jack of Fables; all those stories about a guy named Jack are about him; breaks one of Fabletown’s oldest rules and gets into the entertainment industry. Jack creates a successful film trilogy about himself which he believes will make him nearly immortal; the theory in the comic is that the more popular a Fables’ story is, the stronger his power. So the inverse should be true. If a character story is not liked, forgotten or repeatedly killed, so should the subject become weaker or forgotten.

I’m rooting for the Witch on this one.

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