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Kristen Bell Wants To Play Johanna Mason In 'Hunger Games'; John C. Reilly's Rep Plays Down Rumors

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist April 27, 2011 at 8:59AM

Twenty four hours have passed which means its time for another "Hunger Games" post but rest assured this one will at least contain names of people you have heard of.
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Twenty four hours have passed which means its time for another "Hunger Games" post but rest assured this one will at least contain names of people you have heard of.

First off, in a rather roundabout manner, a friend of /Film ran into Kristen Bell and passed along a written message that said: "Kristen Bell 4 Johanna Mason” (see below). Okay, then. It looks like the actress, who hasn't been quiet about her love of the books by Suzanne Collins, wants to play the role but she'll have to wait. Johanna Mason really only comes into play in the other instalments in the series "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay" -- she's a District 7 survivor who eventually becomes fast friends with Katniss Everdeen -- but hey, better to yourself on the radar of producers sooner rather than later right? Anyway, we're pretty sure the fans will have something to say about the idea.

Meanwhile, as for those rumors that John C. Reilly would be taking the role of Haymitch Abernathy, seems they were a bit premature. A rep for the actor tell E! Online, "John does not have an offer. NY Mag never fact checked with anyone." Of course that's doesn't mean won't be on the way, so stay tuned.

We presume they'll finish casting this film at some point and begin to make it. "Hunger Games" is slated to hit theaters in 11 months on March 23, 2012.

This article is related to: Actresses, Actors, Films, Hunger Games, John C. Reilly, Kristen Bell


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