Robert Pattinson to join The Hunger Games: Catching Fire?

With his latest film Cosmopolis set to capture the imagination of the Cannes crowd on Friday, and the finale of the Twilight saga set to drop later in the year, Robert Pattinson’s stock has never been higher in Tinseltown.

Rumour has it however, that he could be about to gain a whole new army of fans, with sources linking Pattinson to a role in Catching Fire , the forthcoming sequel to The Hunger Games .

Word is that Lionsgate want Pattinson and his prodigious cheekbones to take on the role of Finnick Odair, a former tribute with an eye for the ladies, who gets dragged into the Third Quarter Quell (a Hunger Games contested by previous winners).

Now while we’re slightly sceptical as to whether Pattinson would really want to throw his lot in with another teen franchise post- Twilight , the fact that his Water For Elephants collaborator Francis Lawrence is now filling the director’s chair could make this one a goer.

If he does accept the role, expect future Hunger Games premieres to take on the hysterical quality of their Twilight counterparts. In the meantime, you can see Pattinson in more adult fare, when Cosmopolis opens in the UK on 15 June 2012.

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