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Casting news regarding fan-frenzied franchises like "The Hunger Games" is usually kept very close to the chest until a very specific and methodical announcement process employed by the studio comes through, but every so often an actor'll unknowingly let it slip before he or she is supposed to that they've scored a role in the movie.
According to USA Today, Nash attended last night's premiere of "Magic Mike" and told the publication that he's in talks for a role in "Catching Fire" and said, "I just pray it's recurring, that he doesn't get killed."
Nash, a former wrestling champion-turned actor, definitely has the look and age for one of the named tributes in the "Hunger Games" sequel: Brutus, the buff, 40-something District 2 champion who happily volunteers for the third Quarter Quell victors bout.
True, the character wasn't the most concentrated-upon in Suzanne Collins' book, but the same was so for President Snow (Donald Sutherland) and Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) in the first "Hunger Games" installment. Besides, there's a lot of meat to be drawn from Brutus' connection to 74th Annual Hunger Games tributes Cato and Clove, especially since Katniss killed his district's boy tribute. The theme of "Catching Fire" is remembering who the real enemy is (the tyrannical government system itself), but while Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) tries to see the bigger picture, it's guys like Brutus who keep the Capitol's way of things alive by playing the game full-throttle. So, in that sense, Brutus is a more significant villain than previously depicted and could be a fun role for the filmmakers and Nash to expand upon.
Are there any other roles you could see Nash playing in "Catching Fire?" If not, what do you think of him as a candidate for Brutus? Sound off in the comments below.