We don’t officially have a director yet, which is all kinds of frustrating. I know the media has been saying repeatedly “new director, new director!” However, Francis Lawrence hasn’t actually signed a contract yet. To me this means that all casting rumors are completely unfounded, because you can’t cast a film without having the approval of the director, and they don’t currently have one — at all. Sucks to be a fandom member right now by my count, because living in a state of limbo, like we are — is about as much fun as waiting to get your blood drawn at the doctor, or a pelvic exam if you just happen to be female (trust me, those exams are no picnic). Limbo or not, we’re stuck here until Mr. Lawrence, or somebody else, has signed that contract, and then pre production is going to start with the full force of a grade 3 hurricane. Yep, blustering and potentially deadly, just the way we like it, right? Watch out for falling trees, it just may be my soul losing all its roots.
Casting rumors, oh… my… god… casting rumors. They’re the worst thing to come out of this weird thing called the Internet since probably java script, or ridiculous meme’s that only make sense to a small group of people. If you’ve been, y’know — doing the whole living under a rock thing again, which I kind of wish I was right now, there was a pretty horrendous one permeating IMDB, Tumblr and yes, Twitter. Perhaps I was a little late in the game, but it confronted me head on the other day, honestly it felt like getting slammed in the back of the head with a sack of potatoes. So, just imagine that for a tick… okay done? Good. IT HURT MY SOUL! This actor/singer
songwriter, tall, and rugged looking, kept tweeting about how he’s been cast as Finnick. Now, I don’t frequent the Catching Fire IMDB page all that often, because frankly there’s nothing on it usually except three returning principle cast members names, and the names of the executive producers. I must have been sleeping, or contemplating my navel, because this actor’s name has been popping up on the page allegedly for weeks (I never saw it once), because someone with an IMDB pro account kept putting it up there. It was quickly disputed that the rumors were false as well, as reported by Hypable. Poor form I say to whomever perpetuated this our right lie, just solid poor form. I don’t know why anyone would do this, but I do know from past experiences that names like David Tennant and Leonard Nimoy were magically put on the cast list of The Hobbit films way back a couple of years ago. I believe last year the same thing kept happening with The Hunger Games cast list, but I honestly cannot remember which character, or characters, kept getting cast with names that held absolutely no water. I do remember the rumor that John C. Reilly was cast as Haymitch, which I think would have been amazing. And then some girl on Twitter said she’d been cast as the Avox Girl, there were more I’m sure — but who wants to focus on The Hunger Games anymore? Been there, done that, seen it four times, it’s all about Catching Fire, yo!
I don’t know about the next person, but I’m not believing a casting announcement unless it’s coming straight from Lionsgate or a reputable entertainment news source — and no one should ever, EVER believe a random actor tweeting during primetime on a Sunday night, when he says he’s been cast in one of the most coveted roles for a young actor since possibly Spider-Man, Batman, and Superman combined. Well, to me Finnick is all those things, mind?
Grains of salt my friends, grains of salt.
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