Who's the next 'Hunger Games' hottie?

'Catching Fire' is casting its Finnick Odair. Who should enter the arena?

May 30, 2012|By Dana Moran | RedEye

By now, you've hopefully read the entire "Hunger Games" book series. If not, a) What are you waiting for? It takes like five hours! and b) Don't worry, we're not going to spoil the plot of the second book, "Catching Fire," for you. But we will tell you that wild rumors have been flying for days over the casting of a big new character, human Adonis Finnick Odair. Robert Pattinson reportedly is out of the running, but eonline.com says Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund are in contention. We faced off these Hollywood hunks in three key categories to see who should join the "Hunger" madness.

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Current physique

Armie: Great face, not insanely muscled body.

Taylor: We'll be right back.

Garrett: Kind of pasty, but that's why The Situation brought tanning beds back, right?

Winner: Taylor, always and forever. Have we mentioned that a great part of this job is getting paid to Google "____ ___ shirtless"?

Relevant experience

Armie: He rowed crew as the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," tried to save the day in "Mirror Mirror" and, um, wore a suit on "Gossip Girl."

Taylor: He fought CGI aliens in "John Carter," fought CGI aliens in "Battleship" and played football and drank beer on "Friday Night Lights."

Garrett: He entered the digital world of "Tron: Legacy," got majorly sworded in "Troy" and made bad decisions with Lindsay Lohan in "Georgia Rule."

Winner: Armie. Taylor fights only digital things, and it took a lot of cunning for the Winklevii to try to outsmart Mark Zuckerberg.

Popularity with the ladies

Armie: Married actress/model Elizabeth Chambers in 2010. They do all kinds of cute things together, like opening bakeries and getting arrested for marijuana possession. Actually, the pot was just him.

Taylor: He's a quiet one in this department, but he dated both Minka Kelly's AND Adrianne Palicki's characters on "Friday Night Lights," so we're hoping there was some on-set steaminess.

Garrett: There's some vague Internet ramblings about him dating Kirsten Dunst and Leighton Meester earlier this year, but nothing concrete. Dude is also good about his privacy.

Winner: Armie. Without spoiling major plot points, his adorable Southern gentleman relationship is actually a good fit for this part.

Overall winner: Ryan Kwanten from "True Blood." Oh yeah, he wasn't on this list. Whatever. He'd actually be perfect for the part if they can make him look not 35.

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