'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casting: Tony Shalhoub nears offer for Beetee

tony-shaloub-monk-vacation.jpgAs Zap2it was the first to report, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" has found its Finnick in "Snow White and the Huntsman" actor Sam Claflin. Producer Nina Jacobson and Lionsgate have signed off on Claflin's offer, so now it's up to him to accept the highly coveted role that will feature prominently not only in "Catching Fire," but in the two "Mockingjay" installments.

It seems that our reveal opened the floodgates to more casting news. "Monk" favorite Tony Shalhoub is the frontrunner to play Beetee, an inventor who used his knowledge of electricity to help him win the games. He becomes essential to the rescue of the tributes from the Hunger Games arena.

Of course, Jena Malone has already landed the role of Johanna Mason. As for Mags, Finnick's fellow District 4 tribute, she has yet to be cast -- but Melissa Leo, who was on the shortlist, was recently informed that the producers were planning to offer the role to someone else. Leo's and Shalhoub's involvement were first reported by Variety.
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