With rumors swirling that he might be the dreamboat Finnick in the upcoming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Sam Claflin is signing on for an entirely different role, and one a bit more reality-based and action-packed. According to Variety he and Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke ("Where are my dragons?!") have signed on to Overdrive, a car heist film set to star Star Trek's own Karl Urban.
When we first learned about Overdrive last fall, Urban was attached and Clarke was rumored, but the role of the younger man was set to go to Ben Barnes, who was the hunky Prince Caspian in two Chronicles of Narnia movies. Claflin has been in a similar position, having played the doe-eyed young man in both Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End and Snow White and the Huntsman, but as the more recent breakout, I guess he was given pole position for the film.
The film will be directed by Antonio Negret, who most recently made a series of short promotional films for G.I. Joe: Retaliation and is working to build his Hollywood career after his American feature debut, Transit. Taken director Pierre Morel is also producing, to give you a sense of the kind of action to expect. Shooting is set to begin in France this summer.
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