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Actor Robert Pattinson arrives for the screening of On the Road at the 65th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 23, 2012. - Provided courtesy of AP / Jonathan Short

Robert Pattinson denies he was cast as Finnick in 'Hunger Games' sequel

05/26/2012 by Olivia Allin

Robert Pattinson has denied that he is in talks to play Finnick in "The Hunger Games" sequel, "Catching Fire."

"I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games," Pattinson told USA Today at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, May 26. "I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent."

The rumors hit the internet that Pattinson had been tapped to portray former District 4 "Hunger Games" victor Finnick Odair, who was described in the book as being wildly attractive and irresistible to men and women.

"[My agent] was like, no one's going to offer you that part," the actor said, laughing. "I was like, thanks for the reassurance."

"The Hunger Games," a sci-fi film starring Jennifer Lawrence as a teenage girl forced to participated in a televised fight to the death, has made more than $536 million worldwide since it was released on March 23. It is based on a book series by Suzanne Collins that is widely popular with young audiences.

"Catching Fire" is set for release on Nov. 22, 2013 and sees Jennifer Lawrence's character, Katniss Everdeen, forced to make difficult decisions and resume her role as a fighter after the end of The Hunger Games, as unrest and violence increases in her world.

It was announced in April that Francis Lawrence, who directed Robert Pattinson in "Water For Elephants," would take over to direct the sequel, taking over for Gary Ross.

Pattinson will appear next in "Cosmopolis," which follows a 28-year-old millionaire asset manager's whose day goes off-track when a myriad of characters begin to tear his world apart. The gritty drama is slated to hit theaters later in the year.

He will also appear in the final installment of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn," which hits theaters on November 16.

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