Is it just me, or is anyone else looking back at casting for The Hunger Games with longing desire to return to those simpler times. Remember how we got Jen first, in a blaze of glory, followed just days later with Peeta and Gale? I mean, sure, there were still TONS of people to cast after the new trio, but, like with ripping a band aid off, we got the worst of it over quickly.
Now, as we find ourselves in the long slog of Catching Fire, casting– that month of casting seems like a sweet dream.
I’m not talking about waiting for official casting news- Lionsgate has always erred on the side of delicious suspense punctuated with surprising announcements; and, so far, with the official announcements of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amanda Plummer, they haven’t disappointed.
No, news media and gossip sites, I am talking about your never ending series of INSIDE SCOOPS! and ANONYMOUS SOURCES! that keep clogging up my twitter timeline with OFFERS! and FRONT-RUNNERS! News that would normally be awesome if, you know, everything you report didn’t end up refuted about two hours later. Oh, you want examples? Well how about:
Remember all of those times? No? Well here’s something a little more recent. Remember when, five hours ago, you reported that Sam Claflin was offered the role of Finnick? You know offered like he was 99% likely to receive the role? That role which will film later this summer? Remember that?
Well then explain this:
Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin (Snow White And The Huntsman) have been set to co-star in Overdrive, a car-heist movie being produced by Taken director Pierre Morel. Antonio Negret (Transit) is directing from a screenplay by Wanted scribes Michael Brandt and Derek Haas. Karl Urban already has been cast in the story of two American brothers who decide to take their careers as car thieves to the next level by fleeing to the South of France, where they run afoul of a black marketeer. The pic is shooting in Marseille later in the summer; production was pushed back to accommodate Urban’s shooting schedule on Paramount’s Star Trek sequel. He also stars in Lionsgate’s upcoming reboot Dredd.
Or what about the Melissa Leo is totally going to be Mags rumor? Because this just happened, too:
My fragile fangirl heart can’t take it anymore. I know that you all make you money from webhits and that scooping up a major story like Finnick would be super-duper groovy for you all, but all of these false alarms are NOT COOL.
Look, you can’t shout FIRE! in a crowded building that’s not burning. It’s not safe. People get panicky, they start stampeding and trampling each other. People get hurt. But, more importantly, people trust you a little less–especially if you keep doing it. Until, one day the theater is actually in flames and no one cares what you’re yelling about anymore.
The Hunger Games fandom is starving for news, and we trust (most) of you to give us the early scoop because, in the past, you were really good at separating the REAL from the NOT REAL.
Get good again or else you’re going to have a fandom fire to deal with, and, movie news dudes, fire is catching.
And, P.S., if you’re all yanking my chain about Tony Shalhoub as Beetee– and that turns out NOT to be true– then I. WILL. FIND. YOU.