Rumor: Sam Claflin, Melissa Leo, and Tony Shalhoub are Frontrunners for Catching Fire Roles
We just posted the rumor that Sam Claflin may have been offered the role of Finnick for Catching Fire, and now Variety is reporting the same thing, as well as the rumor that Melissa Leo is in the lead to play Mags and Tony Shalhoub is their first pick for Beetee.
With two blockbusters under his belt, Brit thesp Sam Claflin looks to be lining up one more, as sources tell Variety that the “Snow White and the Huntsman” star is the choice to play Finnick Odair in Lionsgate’s sequel “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”
Additionally, sources say that Oscar winner Melissa Leo and three-time Emmy winner Tony Shalhoub are the frontrunners to play Mags and Beetee, respectively. Regardless of the status of their potential involvement, Claflin, Leo and Shalhoub are all on the studio’s shortlist for roles in the highly-anticipated sequel.
Lionsgate and all of the actors’ respective reps had no comment on the casting.
It’s all still rumors, but what are your thoughts on Melissa Leo and Tony Shalhoub? Can you see see them as Mags and Beetee?
UPDATE: Jeff Sneider is now reporting that Melissa Leo will NOT be getting the part of Mags.