'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Movie Update: Jena Malone 'Super Excited' to Play Johanna
Jena Malone was recently confirmed to play Johanna Mason in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," and she is happy to be a part of the cast.
"I'm super excited," Malone exclusively told E! Online at a Beverly Hills party for Dannijo & Tucker Tea last Thursday. "It's going to be amazing."
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But she's not rushing things.
"We're getting there," she said when asked if she's met with director Francis Lawrence.
As for preparing for her role, she said, "One step at a time."
Lionsgate and the filmmakers of highly anticipated movie announced last Monday that Malone has been cast to play the role of Johanna Mason.
Johanna Mason is a female victor from District 7. She's in her early twenties and is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Quarter Quell participants.
In the story, Johanna 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.
Malone knows all about the character because she has read all three books in the triology.
"I read the whole series over a weekend when I had a wisdom tooth out," she said. "I was in bed looking for something to read and my little sister recommended it like a year and a half ago, so she was like, 'You have to read it! You have to read it!' And so I'm glad I finally did and I loved it."
Malone will join lead Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), and Woody Harrelson (Haymitch).
Recently, Lionsgate announced that Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee. The Oscar winner reportedly said yes to the role of Heavensbee, who takes over as Head Gamemaker after the murder of Seneca Crane, which took place in the first "Hunger Games" film.
Actress Amanda Plummer has been cast in the role of Wiress. She was the one who pointed out the flaw in the invisible force fields in the Capitol and revealed that the arena was shaped and operated lick a clock. Her district partner is Beetee.
"Catching Fire," the film adaption based on the second novel in Suzanne Collins' bestsellers trilogy "The Hunger Games," is set to release in theaters Nov. 22, 2013.