Johanna Mason Dream Cast: Jena Malone
More Rumors! Sucker Punch actress Jena Malone has been offered the role of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s bad girl Johanna Mason. The Hollywood Reporter says that negotations have now started.
Here’s what THR has to say:
Malone has the offer and is in early negotiations for the part, according to sources. The move nixes premature reports that pegged newbie actress-model Zoe Aggeliki as the front-runner to play the ax-wielding former Hunger Games winner from District 7, who aligns with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in their return to the arena for an all-star death match.
The role requires a mix of wit and physicality. Although Mason enjoys some of the best one-liners in the Suzanne Collins novel, her first appearance finds her stripping out of her tribute costume in an effort to make Katniss uncomfortable.
The movie is heading for a late-September start with director Francis Lawrence.
Malone, repped by Gersh and Hirsch Wallerstein, most recently appeared in History’s hit miniseries Hatfields & McCoy
Still no official word from Lionsgate, but stay tuned as we’ll pass on all of the new casting decisions as soon as we get them. In the meantime, let us know what you think about Jena as Johanna. I think she’s a good fit and can’t wait to see if she takes up the offer.