Sources claim the studio is very, very close to picking an actor to play Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. And the names on the short list? Garrett Hedlund, Armie Hammer and Taylor Kitsch.
In Suzanne Collins' books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, the character of Finnick is described as being extremely handsome, tall, muscular, and athletic, with "tan skin," "bronze-colored hair," and "incredible" sea green eyes. In the post-apocalyptic world of Panem, Finnick is not necessarily white; Collins has said of her characters:
It is a time period where hundreds of years have passed from now. There's been a lot of ethnic mixing.
In terms of casting, many different kinds of actors could play Finnick, and a group of fans campaigning to cast Jesse Williams for the part felt he was perfect, and it would definitely be interesting to see Williams' ethnic mix (African-American and Swedish) thrown into the Hunger Games universe — knowing Collins' vision, when she was writing.
Unfortunately, the studio has other ideas. But out of the three names rumored to be the finalists, Garrett Hedlund has got to be the winner, no? He's got that dreamy, golden god thing happening, and his eyes are right on. That said, some of us here at HQ are also rooting for Tim Riggins, but only if he grows his hair long.
As an aside: When it the casting of Katniss was announced, though she was described as having olive skin, a white actress (Jennifer Lawrence) was chosen, and bunch of folks claimed that Katniss was white — but Appalachian, where people have darker skin. A new DNA study shows that the olive-skinned "Melungeons" of Appalachia are the offspring of sub-Saharan African men and white women of northern or central European origin. In other words — in this country, with its history of "one drop" rules — black.