‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Casting Lottery Now Includes Jena Malone
There's a whole lot of 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' casting rumors going around, and at this point it's hard to say what's real and what isn't. Though they listed a number of Hollywood hunks, Finnick Odair has yet to be cast, nor have we heard if Philip Seymour Hoffman is officially on board. But the latest word is that Jena Malone is up for the role of Johanna Mason.
And the other word (from EW) is that Mia Wasikowska is out because of other commitments. That said, it seems that Zoe Addeliki is still in the running. The character Johanna is a winners of one of the previous Hunger Games, who comes into conflict with Katniss Everdeen (still played by Jennifer Lawrence). The way these films go, it's hard to know if the part is juicy, or if the character is akin to someone like Boba Fett.
Malone has had an interesting career in that she seems to have emerged relatively unscathed from a child acting career (in such films as 'Contact' and 'Stepmom'), though the 28-year-old is still often called on to play youngish-looking women, like in the recent 'Sucker Punch.' She's recently had a supporting role on the TV miniseries 'Hatfields and McCoys.' This seems like a step up.