Before you start hyperventilating into a bag and unlocking your vault of Severus Snape fan fic, read that headline again. It’s Alan Ritchson who has been cast in Catching Fire, not Alan Rickman. We know; our brains played the same trick. While we would have loved to see Hans Gruber slouch around the Quarter Quells alongside Enobaria and Brutus, we’re sure Mr. Ritchson will do an equally good job. According to IMDB, the guy appeared on American Idol in 2004 and was already playing Aquaman on Smallville by 2005, so you know he’s almost certainly got the goods.
Of course, the man who will be a District 1 career tribute come next November has also played “Expired Cow” on Fred: The Show and the male lead in the upcoming Rebel Wilson comedy Super Fun Night, so who knows where his strengths lie exactly. Either way, we happily welcome the Blue Mountain State actor to the Catching Fire cast alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amanda Plummer and Lynne Cohen. We’re sure he’ll do a killer job. You know, as his character will be killing people. This is for the best. Would you really want to see *spoiler alert* Alan Rickman getting shot through the temple? There’s no right way to answer that question, is there?
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