British actor Sam Claflin has been cast in the role of Finnick Odair in the upcoming highly anticipated sequel to "The Hunger Games".
Rising to fame in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," Claflin went on to star in "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Securing the role in "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is sure to skyrocket his reputation, just as happened with Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the first "Hunger Games" movie.
Much internet speculation preceded the announcement, with a slew of young actors all clamoring to claim the coveted role.
Playing the character of Finnick Odair will be a fresh challenge for Claflin: as a former Hunger Games victor, Finnick is both charismatic and manipulative.
His uneasy alliance with character Katniss Everdeen forms an intriguing theme of the movie.
"Hunger Games: Catching Fire" is set to open November 22, 2013.