, the follow-up to
The Hunger Games
, will likely be another box office success story, but it will have to do so without the backing of legions of Twi-hards, after Robert Pattinson quashed rumours that he was set to appear in the forthcoming sequel.
The Cosmopolis star was reportedly Lionsgate's first choice for the role of Finnick Odair, a former winning tribute who gets roped into a kind of super-Hunger Games, in which all the former winners return to compete against each other.
However, R-Pattz himself has come out and denied the potential casting, revealing that no such approach has been made by the studio.
"I was kind of curious for a second," says Pattinson, "so I called my agent. My agent was like, 'No, no one's going to offer you that part.' I was like, 'thanks for the reassurance!'"
Looks like Pattinson will have to make do with just the two mega-franchises on his CV then. Catching Fire will open in the UK on 22 November 2013.