Is it just me, or does Catching Fire already seem like a very white-centric film? With all the controversial racism that fans exhibited when The Hunger Games showcased a wide variety of characters (albeit with less diversity than expected, since many of us pictured Katniss and Gale as being at least mix-raced with the rest of the Seam), one would think that a greater effort would be made to cast more diversity into film two—but so far it looks like the only non-white cast member is our beloved Cinna, who was played so well by Lenny Kravitz.
At any rate, the latest news is that a few more characters have been chosen in addition to Jena Malone as Johanna Mason and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee. They are:
Amanda Plummer as Wiress. Perfect pick! Well done, I must say. If you’ve ever seen or heard Plummer (Pulp Fiction, dozens of voice roles) in action, you know she’s diverse and talented. I think of her episode on Law and Order: SVU in which she played a schizophrenic rape survivor and know she’s going to be absolutely wonderful as one of my favorite Catching Fire characters.
Lynn Cohen as Mags. I am good with this casting decision, too. She’s got the look and the chops to play the part of another favorite character (okay, just about every character in this book is amazing—one of the many reasons why I love it!) of mine, and I wasn’t really set on anyone else in the role. However…
Sam Clafin as Finnick Odair. While this is said to only be a rumor at the moment, he’s already being listed as Finnick on multiple blog sites as well as IMDB. Really? Clafin hasn’t been on the scene for long—you might know him as “the other guy” in Snow White and the Huntsman, William or whatever; he’s also in that fourth Johnny Depp pirate movie that was so painful I couldn’t even get through the first twenty minutes of it—but this is the role of the most charming and attractive man in Panem. I always pictured Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on Supernatural, as Finnick when I read the book. I know many would believe he’s too old for the role, though he’s much better-looking and charming than I’ve ever seen Clafin. I know Army Hammer was in the running for a while, and while I didn’t like him for the role, either, I think I would have preferred him to Clafin.
What about you? What do you think of the casting decisions so far?