The Producer of Hunger Games Movie, Nina Jacobson told LA Times that any rumors about Finnick Odair cast is ‘so not true’.
LA Times reports:
According to E! News, other actors still up for the part include Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer. But a producer of the sequel says even those whispers are “so not true.”
“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” Nina Jacobson told us on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
But are the filmmakers taking fan input into account while seeking out their Finnick? Not entirely, says Jacobson.
“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand,” she said. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”
Since its release in March, “The Hunger Games” has collected over $645 million worldwide. The next installment is due in November 2013. “That’s pressure,” Jacobson acknowledged with a smile. “But it’s a good kind of pressure.”
But earlier today, Zap2It has special news for us!
Though Lionsgate will not confirm casting news until the role has been finalized, sources tell Zap2itexclusively that the field has been narrowed to eight actors. Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlundremain on the short list, whereas Taylor Kitsch is not taking meetings about the role.
As we previously reported, however, award-winning casting director Debra Zane is not only looking at big names for the highly sought-after role. Actors read for the casting department this week, and while we can’t reveal the full list, we’ve confirmed that Lucas Till, Trevor Donovan, and Alan Ritchson are among the actors who will meet with Lionsgate over the next few days.
Till is no stranger to big franchises — or to Jennifer Lawrence. He co-starred with her as Havok in “X-Men: The First Class.” He’s also known for his role as Miley Cyrus‘ love interest in the “Hannah Montana” movie. Donovan worked as a model and is best known as Teddy from The CW’s “90210.” He will appear in “Savages” this summer. Ritchson, who played Aquaman on “Smallville,” starred on “Blue Mountain State”.