Key role cast in 'Catching Fire'

Sam Claflin has been confirmed to play Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

The Snow White and the Huntsman actor will play the hunk — who won the 65th version of the games — alongside Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne) in the follow up to this year's 'The Hunger Games'.

Following months of speculation that the 26-year-old British star would play Finnick, film studio Lionsgate have finally confirmed the deal.

A post on the official Hunger Games: Catching Fire Facebook page revealed a picture of Sam and attached the accompanying message: "It's official! Please welcome Sam Claflin as Finnick to the cast of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire!"

The highly anticipated movie will see Claflin's character — who previously won the games for District Four — thrust back into the fighting arena for the 75th games along with previous champions.

Filming of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is expected to start next month in Atlanta and Hawaii — with Francis Lawrence directing — and the motion picture is scheduled to be released in November 2013.