Taylor Kitsch And ‘Catching Fire': A Final Finnick Plea

Will clear eyes and full hearts prevail? If the latest rumors are to be believed, “Friday Night Lights” star Taylor Kitsch could still tackle the highly coveted role of District 4 tribute Finnick Odair in “Catching Fire,” despite reports to the contrary.

Our friends at The Hob talked to a source who said that though things are still tentative, Taylor is “going to do the film.” Of course, this is just the latest in a long line of speculation over who will play the trident-wielding hunk. Let’s review the game tape:

Last month, E! Online reported that the search for Finnick had been narrowed down to three contenders: Taylor, Armie Hammer and Garrett Hedlund. But just as quickly as fans began taking sides, Taylor told The L.A. Times that it was “not going to happen.” “Catching Fire” producer Nina Jacobson then swooped in to deny there were any frontrunners, and now it seems we’ve come full circle, back to contemplating 33 as Finnick.

Now, Taylor could certainly use one in the box-office win column following the relatively lackluster performance of “John Carter” and “Battleship,” but beyond career redemption, the actor is a deserving contender because he’d actually do a darn good job. As I mentioned a while back in my “Hunger Games” column, Finnick is essentially the Tim Riggins of Panem: a macho jerk with deep emotional wounds who somehow still has the capacity to love. Taylor’s done this role before and he can do it again. Plus, I mean, how can you argue with those abs?

Anyway! If you’re still looking for a winning team, Taylor, you can’t really go wrong with “The Hunger Games.” We’ll play gentle…at first.

Are you Team Taylor for Finnick? Or are you hoping someone else lands the role? Sound off in the comments and on Twitter!