E! News reported the other day that Taylor Kitsch, Garrett Hedlund, and Armie Hammer were on the short list to play Finnick in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games. Multiple sources tell me that Armie Hammer is far and away the first choice of director Francis Lawrence. That if it were up to him and “if he could start tomorrow with his dream cast, Armie would be FInnick”. At press time, nothing is final. And besides, a lot of people think this might not be the best career move for Hammer anyway. I spoke with a few talent agents who said they’d hesitate before recommending it because it ties him up for two pictures and ‘the question is whether or not he still needs to “break out”. It depends on how you see Armie’s career’. When I mentioned this to Sarah from Cinesnark she agreed. “Why would he need Catching Fire when he’s headlining The Lone Ranger?” Very good point. But...umm... also... why did he say yes to Mirror Mirror?

I don’t have a Finnick in my head. I guess that means I just want them to pick someone we’ve never met before. Or Ryan Gosling. Hear me out:

Gosling isn’t Hammer. Gosling is pretty well established. Gosling can carry and he can support. And he’s arty and crafty and talks about “motivation” with his directors, even on the set of a Steve Carell comedy, and, you know, I just think it would be so great and hilarious if he just took it out of his ass for a change and made the unexpected move of joining a franchise like this that goes on mall visits to build fan support. It would be funny, right? A total random headscratcher! No?

As for Garrett Hedlund...

Out of the 3 of them, my first thought was that he’s probably my favourite. My next thought was his girlfriend Kirsten Dunst, and what she would say. And for some reason I feel like she would sh-t on it.