We know that The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire will start production later this summer, with Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth all set to return as Katniss, Peeta, and Gale. The production is now concentrating on casting an integral new character, Finnick Odair, with Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund considered the top choices for the role.
Finnick Odair was the District 4 tribute who won the 65th Hunger Games. For the 75th Hunger Games, also known as the Third Quarter Quell, past victors are thrown back into the battle arena, where Finnick Odair forms an alliance with Katniss. It is said that a final decision on who will play this important part could be made as early as this week.
Francis Lawrence is directing Catching Fire from a screenplay by Michael Arndt. Lionsgate is trying to get production started this summer, so Jennifer Lawrence will be free to shoot the X-Men: First Class Sequel in January.