Early Catching Fire Photos

The sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, started shooting earlier this month, and from the looks of these set photos, it would appear the filming is starting with some area action — even though the production is in Atlanta, not Kauai. Well, they must be doing non-water, non-jungle scenes.

Here we see a behind-the-scenes photo of Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason. Looking good, Jena!

But no one is worried about her; the big concern for fandom is the colorless Sam Claflin taking on the role of Finnick Odair, the charismatic and dashing victor beloved by many a reader. He may look the part, but can he handle the acting?

According to no less an authority than Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Katniss, Claflin is doing fine. She told MTV News:

“He’s wonderful. He’s really sweet — a great, wonderful actor. He’s got a great American accent.”

Hmmm, not exactly a glowing review, but there’s no way a class act like Lawrence would badmouth a co-star, especially this early in the game — and when she’s going to have to work with the guy for a long, long time.

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