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Sam Claflin is in Atlanta for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, which begins filming next week. But it seems the actor, who snagged the coveted role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games sequel, had to drop out of another project to make it happen.

Deadline reports that Claflin is no longer starring in the movie Belle. Instead, Sam Reid has taken over for the role of John Daviner — the love interest of a mixed-race girl raised as an aristocrat in the 18th century. The film is based on a true story.

Belle will start filming later this month — a clear overlap with filming on Catching Fire, which is expected to begin on Monday or Tuesday in Atlanta. No word yet on if Claflin will still be able to film his role in Overdrive.

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Sam Claflin will soon be joining his new co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence in Atlanta to begin work on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Monday morning, Claflin’s parents both Tweeted him wishes for a safe journey, and another relative specifically mentioned a “safe flight to Atlanta.” Claflin later Tweeted:

the beginning of a new phase of my life. A good phase. A phase that I’m thoroughly excited about.#smilesallround

It’s not certain Claflin will begin work right away on Catching Fire, but many fans have theorized that’s the case. Claflin’s new co-star Hutcherson was spotted there over the weekend, and Lawrence hopped a flight there last week.

Filming on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire begins next month in Atlanta, but the cast and crew are expected to be hard at work on preparations and pre-production already.

Lionsgate announced last week that Claflin would be playing Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, finally confirming a long-time rumor. Claflin has excitedly responded to the news by Tweeting to fans.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to be released in theaters November 22, 2013.

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Exiting news! Sam’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” will be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 11th. I’ll pick up a copy as soon as it’s released, so expect blu-ray quality screencaptures from the film here at Sam Claflin Web shortly after!

Coming to DVD and Blu-ray September 11th is Kristen Stewart‘s “Snow White and the Huntsman”. The release of this film comes with controversy surrounding the relationship between Kristen and the director, as well as rumors she won’t be returning for a sequel as previously reported. After the rumor she was not invited back for the film hit the internet, Universal made a statement saying no decisions have been made and that the actress hasn’t been dropped from anything. Interesting to say the least!

Movie description: In the epic action-adventure Snow White & the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscarr winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, Thor) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power. The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth, the producer of Alice in Wonderland, producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders.

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Sam Claflin has finally spoken publicly about being cast as Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. But he didn’t take his thoughts to any major media outlet. Instead, he spoke directly to fans via Twitter.

On his official Twitter account (@SamClaflin) today, Sam wrote:

It’s beginning. I’m so excited. Thank you all for the support – for welcoming me into #theHungerGames family @Mockingjaynet @TheHob

@sparkswillflyco @HGFiresideChat and all my usual suspects – you know who you are (the loyal cadets) #TeamFinnick here we come! Thx again x

I’m trilled to be a part of it. Just want to reach out not only to all the new followers but to all the loyal oldies ;-) “hey”! #Dreaming

Lionsgate announced Wednesday that Sam would be playing Finnick in Catching Fire, finally confirming a long-standing rumor.

Sam will join new and returning cast members as they begin filming Catching Fire next month in Atlanta.

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