Here’s some photos of Kirsten Dunst and boyfriend Garrett Hedlund strolling around while eating watermelon in New York City. They look pretty satisfied together, right? Not to mention much more believable than Kiki and Jake Gyllenhall, who dated forever ago.
Garrett’s career is heating up pretty fast these days, and he’s been floated as a possibility to fill the role of Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. To me, this possibility isn’t quite as interesting as the rumor for which Robert Pattinson fell and then was very sad about when Sparkles learned he was certainly not a possibility for the job. I’ve been wanting producers to cast Taylor Kitsch as Finnick — even though Kitsch might be considered box-office poison after the twin commercial failures of John Carter and Battleship, his presence wouldn’t impact the virtual certainty of another Hunger Games hit. Then Twilight author Stephenie Meyer seconded the motion for Kitsch in the role, but MTV reported that he wasn’t interested at all. Armie Hammer’s name has also circulated in the mix, but now the rumors are coming back to Garrett Hedlund. Lainey has the scoop on this story:
I’m told that Hedlund auditioned for the part of Finnick in Catching Fire for director Francis Lawrence about 10 days ago. It went very well. No final decisions yet but interest in Armie Hammer seems to have waned since Hammer wasn’t as enthusiastic about it as Lawrence was about him. Am told they’re still seeing people. But their priority right now isn’t so much casting as it is about getting the script in better shape.
Is that the right move for Hedlund anyway? He’s supposed to start shooting a movie called Lullaby in New York this month with Richard Jenkins and Amy Adams. Jenkins plays Hedlund’s dying father. It’s a family drama and sounds like an actor’s showcase which would likely do more for him artistically than a supporting role in The Hunger Games franchise.
[From Lainey Gossip]
So would Hedlund be great in this role, or is he just another pretty face? Whomever plays Finnick must not only be devastatingly handsome but also be able to pull off the sexiness and vulnerability of the District 4 victor. Hedlund certainly has the looks to pull it off, and this fact is fairly evident from these press photos from Cannes. He’s kind of dreamy for sure.
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