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Jena Malone Has Landed The Role Of Johanna Mason In 'Catching Fire'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 3, 2012 3:12 PM
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Jena Malone Catching Fire

Update 7/23: Lionsgate has formally announced Jena Malone in the role of Johanna Mason.

For fuck's sake, thank God they finally chose someone. Almost! After we first reported that Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki were in the mix for the role of Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," it seemed subsequent updates started to drip out, like some kind of slow Chinese water torture. First there was the news that Jena Malone was in the hunt, then the update that the role was going to be going Aggeliki's way (we were also told she was Francis Lawrence's choice), but it appears nobody knows nothing.

THR reports that Jena Malone has been "chosen" and is now in talks for the part, and should this all work out, it guarantees her a slot not only in 'Catching Fire' but in the final "Mockingjay" as well. To recap, Johanna Malone becomes a strong ally to Katniss and Peeta during the 75th Hunger Games, but has a testy relationship with Katniss, who likens her to an older sister who hates you. She's a fierce competitor who has no family and friends left in District 7 from where she hails, with her weapon of choice being an axe. This is a rare tentpole move for the actress, but it should probably work out much better than "Sucker Punch" did.

Casting on Finnick Odair and Plutarch Heavensbee (in the future, people have stupid names apparently) still has to happen, but there's still time for that, as filming is not slated to get underway until the end of the summer/early fall.

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  • Chase | July 3, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    So happy with this casting. She's been in this business far too long and is far too talented. I know she's chosen to stay in the indie genre with her film choices, but I am glad she was offered this. Jena deserves her big break.

  • sp | July 3, 2012 4:31 PMReply

    What is going on with these comment boards ? My goodness ! People, please cool down !

  • Blarney | July 3, 2012 3:40 PMReply

    You don't care but you come to this website to comment. Sure. Good on Jena for nabbing the part.

  • KT | July 3, 2012 3:23 PMReply

    Wait, let me see if I care... Oh, no, wait, I don't! HA!

  • david | July 4, 2012 11:06 PM

    KT: it had really nothing to do with The Hunger Games. Zack says he doesn't "give a shit about it either," and I've never seen/read it. It had to do with you imagining that your indifference would make for a hilarious comment.

  • KT | July 3, 2012 5:07 PM

    Wow... I was just joking. Was kinda in a playful mood when I made the comment but I think people's reactions to it are what really speaks volumes. I guess everyone seems to take their Twilights and Hunger Games and Harry Porters very seriously around here...

  • david | July 3, 2012 5:00 PM

    I do. I just think it's a little odd to see a random person rush to the defense of a comment as plainly obnoxious as KT's.

  • JAMES | July 3, 2012 4:47 PM


    See how easy that was?

  • david | July 3, 2012 4:27 PM

    JAMES = KT

  • Zack | July 3, 2012 4:12 PM

    Nope, don't give a shit about it either; in fact, I cared so little I didn't immediately take the time to type a comment about how little I cared.
    Well, except for this one. But it took me a little while.

  • JAMES | July 3, 2012 3:39 PM


    It's called a joke. Lighten up. Neither the paragraph long comment nor the extreme sensitivity were necessary. I take it you're a big "Hunger Games" fan?

  • Zack | July 3, 2012 3:29 PM

    Your superhuman cleverness makes me want to shit my pants. I especially liked how you added "HA" at the end (with an exclamation point), to let us know that your comment was meant to be facetious, in case we didn't read the last sentence, which also had an exclamation point. I would say that your brilliance would be better suited to curing cancer or the like, but I imagine you're only messing around online because you've already cured all known diseases.

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