Jena Malone Will Play District 7's Johanna Mason in "Catching Fire"
The odds are in her favor!
Jena Malone is confirmed to play the role of Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
According to Entertainment Weekly and Hollywood Reporter, Malone has the offer and is in the early negotiations for the part. Earlier, rumors of actresses Zoe Aggeliki and Mia Wasikowska were said to be in the running for the role of Johanna, the character in the Catching Fire novel from District 7, but Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Wasikowska had not been approached for the role, and Aggeliki will not be doing it.
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The Sucker Punch actress has some shoes to fill. In the story, Johanna Mason aligns with Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) in their return to the 75th Hunger Games. A rebellion against the Capitol has begun, and there is more pressure than ever. Author of the bestselling novels Suzanne Collins made Johanna with a snide personality, wits and she gets physical some scenes in the book. Her first appearance in the book is when she strips out of her tribute costume in an effort to make Katniss uncomfortable.
Johanna is also said in the popular trilogy of books to be gifted with "the wicked ability to murder." She wins her games by pretending to be weak and then picking off the other tributes.
Johanna is also in the third and final book in the trilogy, Mockingjay, so Malone will probably be in the movie too.
Malone recently appeared on A&E mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys." She appeared as a young Jodie Foster in the sci-fi drama "Contact." She played Anna Harrison, the daughter of Jackie Harrison (played by Susan Sarandon) in the movie "Stepmom" with Julia Roberts.