Great news! One of our favorite cohorts of Clark Kent is joining “The Hunger Games” franchise.
Alan Ritchson, who played Arthur Curry A.K.A. Aquaman on “Smallville,” has been cast in the sequel “Catching Fire” as Gloss, a tribute from District 1.
“Catching Fire” sees Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) returning to the Hunger Games arena for a special Quarter Quell Games. In a twist, the Capitol has decided to populate the arena with previous victors, choosing tributes only from each district’s pool of former winners. Ritchson’s character, Gloss, is a career tribute who knew — and likely mentored — the tributes Marvel and Glimmer, who were killed in the first film.
In this year’s Games, Gloss is accompanied by his sister, Cashmere. They’re the only known siblings to have both won the Hunger Games. This year, though, they aren’t so lucky. Spoiler alert: In the book, Katniss kills Gloss with an arrow straight to his temple.
Ritchson is a devoted fan of the book series, so you can bet he’s honored to die on screen by Katniss’s hand. “No words can express,” he tweeted on Thursday. “To have the opportunity to portray Gloss in @TheHungerGames. To be a part of this great trilogy…just…so grateful.
Ritchson, who is best known for portraying Thad Castle on Spike’s “Blue Mountain State,” was among the final eight actors in the running to play the coveted role of Finnick Odair, which ultimately went to Sam Claflin.