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Gary Ross Plays Coy About Who Will Play Finnick Odair in 'Catching Fire'

March 15, 2012, 2:08 am GMT

The 'Hunger Games' director remains tight-lipped about who he has in mind to play the flamboyant figure as stating, 'I made the terrible mistake of saying that to the press.'



"The Hunger Games" won't arrive in cinemas until March 23, but casting rumors for its follow-up film "Catching Fire" are already buzzing wildly. Fans of the franchise have been speculating about who will play the sequel's most desirable role, Finnick Odair, and some of them hope that the part will be offered to Armie Hammer. Discussing the casting rumor with MTV News, director Gary Ross decided to stay tight-lipped.

"No," Ross stated when urged to reveal who he has in mind to tackle the flamboyant character. "I mean, somewhere, I know it was in the press, I said I had an idea for Finnick Odair. But I don't really," he insisted before adding, "You start to have ideas as you read, obviously I read the books several times, and I went, oh this guy might be good or that guy might be good. And then I made the terrible mistake of saying that to the press."

In Suzanne Collin's book, Finnick is described as a 24-year-old very handsome and tan skinned young man with bronze hair and stunning sea-green eyes. The District 4 figure is known for having many lovers in the Capitol. At the age of fourteen, he won the Hunger Games by using a trident and a net against other Tributes. Ross has made it clear that he will cast a right actor to tackle the coveted part. He said, "There will be a whole process. We're going to be very thorough."

The casting topic aside, Ross opened up that he's not considering to give "Catching Fire" a 3D treatment. "No, absolutely not, no. I don't think it's appropriate for this film," he claimed. "I think that if we shoot this movie in 3D, we become the Capitol; we start making spectacle out of something that I don't think is really appropriate here."

"There needs to be an aesthetic distance because of the nature of the material, the premise, what they're doing," the filmmaker elaborated furthermore. "I think that cinematic techniques designed to intensify the experience if you feel them that way, aren't really appropriate. I mean I love 3D, I really do and I think it's a wonderful tool, I just don't think it's the right tool for this."

In "Catching Fire", Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark are getting punished for their defiance. They will be forced to compete in a special 75th staging of the Hunger Games, where they must compete against past winners. Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy is set to write the script for the anticipated sequel, which is due to open wide in the U.S. during the Thanksgiving weekend on November 22, 2013.

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