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Hunger Games Casting: Jesse Williams For Finnick??

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Okay, we could see that!

It's time to cast the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, and fans of the books are OBSESSING over who is going to play Panem's seksist man alive: Finnick Odair.

OUR Odair pick is 90210 dreamboat Trevor Donovan — but he's not the only TV star up for the job!

Another very popular Finnick fan fave is Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams.

When asked how he felt about playing Finnick, the blue-eyed actor said:

"I have heard that! I've seen a lot of that on Twitter. I didn't know what the heck a Finnick was when I was getting a lot of the questions about it."


That's pretty disappointed to hear from a cast contender! (FYI: Donovan says he has read Catching Fire SEVEN times!)

ANYWAY, Jesse made up for his mistake by doing some research. He adds:

"I've since been educated, and that's fun. People are really, really excited about it. It certainly is a big, successful project, and I read the first book, which was great. In this day and age, I think it matters what the fans think and they envision certain things."

It suuure does!

SOOO, who do U think should be cast as Finnick??

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114 comments to “Hunger Games Casting: Jesse Williams For Finnick??”

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  1. zowiiii0 says – reply to this


    doesnt look good looking enough to play finnick and neither is trevor donovan, cant stand that actor, neither of them is how i envisioned finnick at all

  2. TMAC says – reply to this


    Trevor Donovin is exactly who i pictured while reading the book ….. i cant even begin to picture jesse as finnick not at all :(

  3. 3

    eewwww no!!

  4. Geneva dance says – reply to this


    Sounds like war has been declared, Hollywood and the US govt is drastically outnumbere
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  5. Hollywood says – reply to this


    Naya Rivera NEEDS to play Johanna, she is literally perfect for that role.

  6. 6

    ok trevor donovan is no where good looking enough . finick is meant to be 24 and trevor looks more 34. correct me if im wrong but isnt finnick meant to be blonde? im not trying to be racist or anything but i always pictured finick as a blonde white boy. its not that i dont like jesse because he is colored . i think hes gorgeous but i dont think he looks like finnick and hes also to old. they need to shop for younger actors. chris zylka from the secret circle would be perfect. hes not block buster famous but he definatly looks the part.

  7. 7

    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E

    You're right - Chris Zylka would be ideal, looks wise, for Finnick.

  8. 8

    I thought Finnick was white, blond and early/mid-twenties too. Nothing wrong with changing things up, Jesse Williams is certainly good-looking enough to get across the idea of Finnick's beauty, but I do think that he perhaps looks too old. The whole point is how horrifying it is that Finnick won when he was so young and has led such a sad life since. Same with Trevor Donovan: he looks much more like how I imagine Finnick, but again he seems too old.

  9. Buffy says – reply to this


    Jesse Williams is too old! Finnick would be in his early 20's. I just don't see it. In my head Finnick is tall, blonde and beautiful. Why on earth would people think of Jesse for Finnick? Did they not read the books? Come one people! Show some imagination!

  10. 10

    Jesse sure is easy on the eyes…but the guy can't act. He definitely doesn't work for such a major role. He's really best kept as the pretty face that generally keeps his mouth shut and takes off his shirt a lot.

    However, I'm not shocked he hasn't read the book, he's far beyond the target demo.

  11. 11

    No no no!!! He is nothing like Finnick is supposed to be!! I will be very unhappy if he gets the part, nothing against Jesse Williams, it would just be bad casting!!!! And I'm glad to see how unhappy everyone else is about this, I hope these comments somehow get back to the casting directors!!!

  12. 12

    too old!

  13. MRSMOMOA says – reply to this


    No Jessie would not be right for the role, though he is good looking and has the eyes. He doesn't have the right body built. To be honest Finnick is suppose to be white at least that is how the book read. I honestly think Kellan Lutz would be the perfect Finnick. Johanna should be a sexy med-to light skin black or Hispanic women in her 30's. Johanna is a person of color. I'm thinking Michele R or Zoe S. she needs to be a phyiscal strong women. Naya Rivera too young and I don't think she can pull of the strong women part.

  14. jenna says – reply to this


    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – when you preface your opinion with "not to be racist" that means you ARE being racist. people have got to stop that. it doesn't mean you are not being racist.

  15. Sarah says – reply to this


    Australian actor Luke Mitchell is always whom I'd envisioned for the part

  16. Gead says – reply to this


    NO, Jesse Williams should not be casted as Finnick!

  17. vv says – reply to this


    Alex Pettyfer !

  18. whatever822 says – reply to this


    hes so gorgeous!!

  19. 19

    Zefron for Finnick!!!!

  20. 20

    Grant Gustin.

  21. 21

    Alex Pettyfor

  22. hutchback2 says – reply to this


    Armie Hammer!!!!

  23. brittany says – reply to this


    armie hammer

  24. 24

    jesse williams is beyond gorgeous, he's not how i pictured finnick but i'd be pretty happy to see him in the role

  25. OhYeah says – reply to this


    YES! Jessie Williams is EXACTLY who I pictured as Finnick all along. This would make my day, he is so swoon-worthy :)

  26. cad says – reply to this


    I could dig it. I pictured Jensen Ackles when I read the book.

  27. gwendgi says – reply to this


    jesse williams for finnick role .. he is the one !!

  28. Ellle says – reply to this


    Jesse would make the PERFECT Finnick

  29. Jessicaaa says – reply to this


    OMG, I want this to be real! Jesse Williams would be soooooo amazing as Finnick

  30. Thechain says – reply to this


    JESSE FOR FINNICK! He's the right choice!

  31. Becca says – reply to this



  32. Ellle says – reply to this


    Re: Hollywood – I would be very happy with that.

  33. 33

    GRANT GUSTIN!! Alex Pettyfer would be my second choice; he's beautiful. Definitely not Trevor Donovan or Jesse Williams, though.

  34. Jay says – reply to this



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  36. BekkyfromGermany says – reply to this


    Absolluty NO !

  37. Maddie says – reply to this


    L M F A O. That is NOT fan favorite. Fan favorites include Armie Hammer, Garret Hedlund, Hunter Parish. I've never even SEEN anyone cast him as Finnick.

  38. Jenna says – reply to this


    Uhm, HELLO. Do you NOT have a tumblr, Perez? We certainly have better choices, lololol. Garret Hedlund, Armie Hammer, Zac Efron, etc. etc. Finnick is bronze-haired, and has to be practically like a god.

  39. JESSEFORFINNICK!!! says – reply to this


    Re: zowiiii0 – How did you picture Finnick?

  40. 40

    Perez, you do know Finnick isn't blonde and blue eyed! He's Dark Bronze Hair and Incredible Sea Green eyes. Sounds like Jesse, no?

  41. 41

    Re: Buffy – Finnick is 7 years older than Katniss. Jennifer Lawrence is 23. So the person playing Finnick should be 30. Jesse is 30.

  42. B says – reply to this


    Yes Jesse , or Grant Gustin to play Finnick!

  43. Jess says – reply to this


    NO NO NO!!!! He is nothing like the Finnick they described in the book. Some one should just get slapped for even considering him.

  44. 44

    Re: jenna – its just ive said stuff like this on this site and people have called me racist. like the girls who dressed up as a famous colored family for Halloween. i said i saw nothing wrong with it and got called racist.

  45. 45

    Chuck Hittinger from Pretty Little Liars! And his co-star from Cold Case, Nathalie Paulding for Johanna Mason! Check out youtube Nathalie Paulding as Johanna Mason to see a hot video!

  46. 46

    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – You should start with no longer calling African American People "colored people." now THAT is racist.

  47. Dee says – reply to this


    ARMIE HAMMER!!! These choices are just NO!

  48. Aleya says – reply to this


    Re: jesseforfinnick
    The character Katniss is actually 16/17. Jennifer is playing a 16/17 year old, and can reasonably pass for one. The same cannot be said for Jesse, sorry. He does not look 23/24.

  49. CPD says – reply to this


    I always pictured a huge greek god-like figure like say… Chris Hemsworth.

  50. CPD says – reply to this


    and yes, I'm aware he already plays a Norse God. Re: CPD

  51. Lu says – reply to this


    He's not Finnick. The guy from Eragon is Finnick for me :P

  52. M says – reply to this


    Re: Buffy
    I'm sorry, but Finnick was described as having green eyes (Jesse), bronze hair (can be dyed), tanned skin (close enough, plus Jesse has bonus freckles), tall, muscular, and beautiful. He would also be 24 at the time of the 3rd Quarter Quell. No Finnick will be perfect, but physically Jesse is very close.

  53. Peter says – reply to this


    Hate to self-promote, but… any of these hunky guys look good for the role of the dreamboat from District 4:

  54. 54

    No idea who this bro is… but he is a DEAD RINGER for Lauren Conrad.

  55. 55

    No no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no no!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  56. Dee says – reply to this


    The only other choice if Armie Hammer couldn't do it would be Chris Hemsworth!

  57. 57

    Finnick Odair was written for Trevor Donovan to a T, I don't have any idea as to why anyone would think Jesse Williams is right for Finnick…. I think he would of made an awesome Cinna.

  58. 58

    Re: zowiiii0 – Seriously? I'm not laughing when it comes to Finnick. Trevor Donovan if fit, gorgeous and embodies Finnick in every way. Plus he's a huge fan of the series, and very knowledgeable on all things Hunger Games. Trevor FTW!

  59. 59

    Re: zowiiii0 – I'm gonna have to say no, way off on this one sorry. Trevor Donovan is the Finnick prototype. His personality and looks are spot on!

  60. 60

    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – Oh yes he is. Trevor is freaking stunningly hot

  61. Natalie says – reply to this


    no no no!!! ALEX PETTYFER needs to be Finnick!!! please?

  62. Ellie says – reply to this


    Re: Buffy
    Funny you should say that because in the books, he's described as having bronze hair, tan skin, and sea-green eyes. Apart from the hair, Jesse fits the description, whereas your typical blond white boy wouldn't. Finnick has to look noticeably older than Katniss, too, and seeing as Jennifer looks older than her age (at 21), it would be fitting for a somewhat older actor to play Finnick. Jesse fits, yet again!

    "Show some imagination"… really? Blond/blue eyes is the LEAST imaginative interpretation considering the history of Hollywood.

  63. b*tchracist says – reply to this


    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – Who the hell says "colored" you racist

  64. uraracist! says – reply to this


    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E – Seriously "colored"?

  65. 65

    Re: T.E.A.M.J.O.L.I.E

    lmao your taking so much heat for that comment.
    people are psychos ignore them.

    finnick is supposed to be a blonde white boy and that's that people!

  66. Tyler says – reply to this


    FYI In the books Finnick is dark skinned and bronze haired. AKA not white, not Trevor Donovan. As someone who looks like Trevor Donovan, I want to say that this racist bullsh*t from Hollywood has to stop. Blondes are less than 15 percent of people in this country, and whites are only abou 70. In the future, whites will be 50 percent. This book takes place in the future, therefore at least half of the people will not be white.

  67. anonymous says – reply to this


    He is beautiful. I would love him in this role. Also, I think it is ridiculous that people are saying "I'm not racist…but". If you have to have a disclaimer, then you're racist. It's like saying "No offense…but". Excuse me, but offense taken.

  68. anonymous says – reply to this


    Re: Tyler
    Thank you!

  69. pro says – reply to this


    Henry Cavill as Finnick Odair in Catching Fire and Mockingjay movies would be great in that role

  70. Sarah says – reply to this


    I pictured Alex Pettyfer for the role of Finnick …

  71. ky says – reply to this


    Jesse for finnick 100%…it's fucking sad how people are picturing most of the characters white even after they've been described as dark skinned or tanned. Jesse is a great actor, has amazing eyes and would fit the character just as well as that Trevor guy. Stopped being so closed minded.

  72. Skye says – reply to this


    Personally I would absolutely LOVE Garrett Hedlund as Finnick ODair. He's definitely my ideal, he fits the physical description no doubt and he is an incredible actor. I get the feeling however the producers will likely cast an actor relatively unknown - which I guess is a good thing for us Hunger Games fans haha.

  73. Skye says – reply to this


    Re: ky – Yeah Jesse would be good I suppose. And it doesn't matter if they're black or white. The description of finnick is GOLDEN skin (tanned, or sunkissed-like), light bronzed colored hair and sea-green eyes.. You can alternate between this. Keep an OPEN MIND.

  74. thedafuqisthisshit says – reply to this


    dafuqisthatshit, that aint good, that aint good enough for Finnick! >.<

  75. Vanessa says – reply to this


    Zac Efron is Finnick LOLOLOLOLOLOL. No, really, Zac Efron? YES, trevor donovan? MMM MAYBE… Jesse Williams? NO -.- I don't like this.

  76. 76

    Trevor Donovan is the perfect Finnick Odair

  77. chezzzcah04 says – reply to this


    Zac Efron would be a great Finnick..or Chris Pine

  78. m.j says – reply to this


    Trevor Donovan would NOT and I repeat would NOT make a good Finnick! People saying Finnick should be white is full of that bull shit! People have their own image of Finnick and when I pictured him I pictured him at least tan/brown. According to you all EVERYONE in the film would be white! Which is so unrealistic not only because of the demographic in America now but because in the FUTURE- like 20 years from now the white population will decrease significantly. So please stfu! The people bitching now are probably the same people who were angry that Rue was black. Get over yourself!

  79. katniss says – reply to this


    aww gross

  80. chloeeliz says – reply to this


    finnick is suppose to be young jesse is way to old! also finnick is suppose to be hot jesse williams is not hot!! benjamin stone would be perfect for the part.

  81. Just saying says – reply to this


    but black people can't swim.

  82. mon says – reply to this


    I'm sorry, donovan looks like he ran face-first into a wall. He'd be horrible as finnick. Not pretty enough at all. And who cares if he read the book 7 times. I want a talented and goodlooking actor to play finnick, not some fan.

  83. 83

    i don't think he suits the image of Finnick we get from the book. Chris Hemsworth would be the ideal Finnick :)

  84. Paige says – reply to this


    Armie Hammer!!

  85. Audrina says – reply to this


    GARRETT HEDLUND should be Finnick.

  86. MCA250 says – reply to this


    I think Jessie would be PERFECT. The first thing I said after reading Catching Fire was that Jessie Williams should play Finnick! He would be SO perfect. And who cares if he's black?! It's 2012 people, get over it! Other choices like Zac Efron and Alex Pettyfer are too well known, it would be like a teeny-bop movie. So, GO JESSIE!

  87. Jessie says – reply to this


    Not the person to play Finnick. Just not the way most of us readers pictured him in our heads.

  88. Sammy says – reply to this


    If he ends up playing Finnick I will slit my wrists because he is not hot or sexy in any way. Finnick does not have a disgusting fake tan.

  89. cullengirl says – reply to this


    I always pictured colin farrell as finnick. His character always reminded me of him. And he already has the craziness down. yes he is older but he could pass for finnick

  90. 90

    Trevor Donovan is my Finnick

  91. Sara Shaw says – reply to this


    This next comment comes at you in pieces as I can not fit everything I want to say in one comment segment. When it comes to the casting of these movies I have this to say; Katniss was casted beautifully. Hit the nail on the head.

  92. Sara Shaw says – reply to this


    As for the supporting cast? Excellent!!! Stanley, Woody, Elizabeth, Donald, Wes even Lenny were fantastic in their roles. As for the male leads? They dropped the ball HUGE!!!! Seriously!!!! Josh Hutcherson as Peeta??? What did they run out of options? He sucked!!! Please understand that I am NOT saying he sucks as an actor, I have seen him in other stuff and he did great.

  93. Sara Shaw says – reply to this


    BUT… that said, he doesn't look the role and he certainly can not act this role. If you doubt me just check out the cave sceen when he tells her to "come here". He sounds stiff, petrified, without any feeling and no where near concerned and full of wanting to be near her, just to keep her safe. That isn't the only sceen he is like that.

  94. Sara Shaw says – reply to this


    As for Liam Hemsworth… again really?!! I ask one more time, did they run out of options? At least he looks pretty for the camera but he should never have dark hair agian. It doesn't suit him. As for his acting chops we will have to see. Catching Fire will allow him that chance. My advise would be do better than Josh.

  95. Sara Shaw says – reply to this


    So when it comes to casting the supporting cast in the Hunger Games series the casting directors are doing a great job and I think it would be interesting to see Jesse Williams as Finnick. He has the image and can play the attitude of the sexiest man in Panem. It will be interesting to see if he can allow his vulnerable side come forward enough to show Finnick's love and true personality.

  96. Blue says – reply to this


    Wow some people are racist. Why does everyone in the book have to be white with blond hair. I think Jesse would be great. The requirement for Finnick is tall, athletic figure and good looking, pretty sure he was described as having olive skin as well. Nothing about being white with blond hair. geez.

  97. liberty says – reply to this


    Let's PLEASE see someone NEW! like Ryan McGrady for example:
    he hasn't been in much, but it would be so cool to have some fresh talent!!!

  98. horsechik says – reply to this


    well when i was reading catching fire and mockingjay i pictured trevor donovan as finnick, so i'd looove if he was cast for the part :D

  99. Dee says – reply to this


    Before you talk about too old, please remember that Jennifer Lawrence is 21 to play 16 yr old Katniss, Josh H is 19 to play 16 year old Peeta, Liam is 22 to play 18yrs old Gale (closest age), Woody is 51 to play 40yr old Haymitch. So really its ok (and better) for a 30yr old to play Finnick because otherwise he'd *look to close to Katniss and Josh and Gale's age. And Finnick is 24 so 30 is not far off in comparison. geez

  100. Jojo says – reply to this


    not how i imagined Finnick at all! Finnick is my favourite character in the whole series and Jesse playing him is going to ruin it!! I imagined Finnick Blonde with blue eyes and muscular. I imagined him to look more like Trevor but i dont think his look reflects very well on Finnicks personality. I hope they chose an actor who is not very known to play him.

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