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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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