After the continued success of The Hunger Games (still no.9 at the Box Office this week) who’s ready for some fresh blood? That’s right, there will be a whole slew of new of tributes for the sequel, Catching Fire.  With I Am Legend director Francis Lawrence replacing original director Gary Ross, we can look forward to plenty of new faces heading into the arena.

One such new character will be Finnick Odair, all set to compete in the next Hunger Games, with reports that Taylor Kitsch (John Carter), Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy) and Armie Hammer (The Lone Ranger) have been shortlisted for the role.

The new tributes won’t be just kids, but also full-grown adults, all of whom have experienced the tournament before – meaning they’re all fighters. Finnick Odair, winner of the 65th Annual Hunger Games at age 14, is now in his mid-20s and backs.

Hedlund, Hammer and Kitsch have all been shortlisted for the role of Odair, and to be honest, any one of them could easily play the role. Their names come after a wild rumor this weekend that Robert Pattinson was up for the role, but it turned out to be completely false – Phew.

Anyway, Catching Fire seems really set to kick things up a notch or two, and turn the heat right up on Katniss and co. And don’t you think it’s a little unfair to be sending these poor survivors back into the arena as punishment? Oh well, should make for entertaining viewing, at least. Apparently, the ending’s also a shocker.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire will begin shooting this fall (with an eye for a November 22, 2013 release), and the new cast members will be announced within the next few months as Lionsgate hurries to shoot the sequel before Jennifer Lawrence starts shooting X-Men: First Class 2 early in 2013.

Are you looking forward to Catching Fire?

Source: FirstShowing