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Casting Watch: Jena Malone Set to Play Johanna Mason in 'Catching Fire' [UPDATE]

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2012 at 12:50PM

Lionsgate has made it official: Jena Malone is Johanna Mason for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire"...
Jena Malone

Lionsgate has made it official: Jena Malone is Johanna Mason for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire." Johanna is described by Lionsdate as "a female victor from a past Games still in her early twenties, and is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Quarter Quell participants."

EARLIER: Malone needs a revival after Zack Snyder's misfire, "Sucker Punch." The 27-year old actress has an impressive but imperfect resume that includes "Stepmom," "Donnie Darko," "Life As A House," "Cold Mountain," "Saved!," "Pride and Prejudice," "Into the Wild" and "The Messenger." It's wise to choose an experienced actress to play in "Catching Fire" (and third installment, "Mockingjay") across from Jennifer Lawrence. Newcomer model-actress Zoe Aggeliki was rumored to be a frontrunner and could have had a tough time holding her own against Lawrence's Katniss Everdeen.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.