Jena Malone will be playing Johanna Mason in the sequel to The Hunger Games, Lionsgate has announced.
About the Character:
Johanna Mason, a female victor from a past Games still in her early twenties, is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Hunger Games participants.
As a rising actress distinguished by her versatility and multidimensional roles, Jena Malone continues to evolve with each new project. Malone recently starred opposite Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in the History Channel’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys which is based on a true story, and chronicles the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states. Sony Pictures Television debuted the three part mini-series on May 28th, with the second and third parts airing on the History Channel May 29th and 30th, respectively. The mini-series broke cable records and become the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on cable. Malone will soon begin production on The Go Getters. The film is an LA noir thriller about a struggling actress (Malone) who gets caught up in a heist planned by two underworld brothers. Malone will next be seen in the independent feature In Our Nature opposite John Slattery and Zach Gilford about an estranged father and son who are forced to share a vacation home with their respective girlfriends after a scheduling mistake. The film premiered at SXSW as well as the Sarasota Film Festival and is scheduled to be released this fall. Malone is set to star in a web-based series directed by Ami Mann titled, Dakota. The series of webisodes is part of WIGS, a new YouTube channel that is producing high-end, original, scripted series about the lives of women from all walks of life. WIGS has also attracted the talents of Jennifer Garner, Alfred Molina, Stephen Moyer, Virginia Madsen, Julia Stiles, Maura Tierney, Michael C. Hall, and America Ferrera, who will all star in the various series which began airing this May. Later this year, Malone will be seen in The Wait, opposite Chloe Sevigny about two sisters who decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life, as well as the independent feature, For Ellen, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Malone is soon set to begin production on the highly anticipated film, Lonely Hunter. In this biopic, Malone will star in the title role as Carson McCullers’. Production on the film will commence this summer. In 2011, Malone starred in Zack Snyder’s, Sucker Punch, for Warner Bros. opposite Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish. In the action film, five young women use their imaginations to escape their bleak reality being held prisoner in a mental hospital. Previously, Malone starred in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, Brian Dannelly’s Saved! and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice. As a young actress, Malone starred opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in Stepmom, the cult classic, Donnie Darko and her very first role in the independent film Bastard Out of Carolina which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. Malone has guest starred on several television series including Law & Order and Chicago Hope, and her performance in the TV film Hope earned Malone a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. Malone currently resides in Los Angeles.
E! News has learned that the übertalented Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire!
Sources tell E! News exclusively that the Oscar winner has signed on to play Plutarch Heavensbee in Catching Fire, the much anticipated second movie in the Hunger Games trilogy.
“The deal was made right before the Fourth of July holiday,” one source said.
Lionsgate does not comment on casting until something is official. An announcement about Hoffman is expected to be released any day now.
Heavensbee is the new Head Gamemaker who may (or may not) be more loyal to reigning champ Katnissthan the diabolical President Snow.
Catching Fire is set to start shooting in the fall with director Francis Lawrence replacing Gary Ross.
What do you think of this casting annoucement?
UPDATE: Lionsgate has confirmed the good news!
About the Character:
Plutarch is appointed Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games following Seneca Crane.
Philip Seymour Hoffman:
Santa Monica, CA, July 9, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been cast in the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, Head Gamemaker for The Hunger Games, in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. The actor and filmmaker just wrapped a Broadway run as Willy Loman in the revival of “Death of a Salesman” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. He will next be seen in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” and the indie film “A Late Quartet” alongside Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken. More recent films include “Moneyball,” “The Ides of March” and “Jack Goes Boating” which marked Hoffman’s feature directorial debut. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE begins as Katniss Everdeen has returned home safe after winning the 74th Annual Hunger Games along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark. Winning means that they must turn around and leave their family and close friends, embarking on a “Victor’s Tour” of the districts. Along the way Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow prepares the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) – a competition that could change Panem forever. THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will be directed by Francis Lawrence, and produced by Nina Jacobson’s Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. The novel on which the film is based is the second in a trilogy that has over 36 million copies in print in the U.S. alone. Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.
Catching Fire hopeful Trevor Donovan has revealed on Facebook he did not score the role of Finnick Odair.
That leaves rumored hopefuls Hunter Parrish, Armie Hammer, and Garret Hedlud.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Jena Malone has been offered the part of Johanna Mason in Catching Fire, the second installment of The Hunger Games movies.
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.
What do you think about Malone being offered the part? Disappointed? Satisfied? Hoping she’ll turn it down? Let us know in the comments.
Jennifer Lawrence and Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence spotted out in Santa Monica, CA on June 11th.
See all the photos at Zimbio.
For quite some time there have been rumors that the Quarter Quell in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” will be shot in Hawaii. News reporter Russ Bowen, who kept readers apprised of filming locations in the first movie, has revealed via Twitter that the Arena scenes will be shot on Kauai, a Hawaiian island. The plan as of now is to film in Kauai the final three weeks of production.
It has also been reported that a Lionsgate photographer took a trip to Henry River, North Carolina (or “The Seam” as we like to call it) not too long ago. Filming in that location is set to begin in early fall.
Below are some photos of the island which will hopefully give you a better idea of what the Arena will look like:
[Images Credit: Hawaii Pictures]
Amid a frenzy of rumors surrounding his possible role in the next installment of “The Hunger Games,” Taylor Kitsch last week told us he won’t be playing the attractive Finnick Odair in “Catching Fire.”
Finnick, who shows up for the first time in “Catching Fire,” is described by author Suzanne Collins as a handsome 24-year-old womanizer who excels at athletic pursuits. According to E! News, other actors still up for the part include Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer. But a producer of the sequel says even those whispers are “so not true.”
“That’s the thing that’s crazy — people are like way ahead of where we are,” Nina Jacobson told us on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday. “We’ve not narrowed things down by any means. It’s funny to see how things can take on a life of their own.”
But are the filmmakers taking fan input into account while seeking out their Finnick? Not entirely, says Jacobson.
“It means something that people can see [an actor] in that light, so you know [the actor] will be accepted by a lot of people, on the one hand,” she said. “On the other hand, you have to kind of ignore it. You have to just sort of act like you’re sitting in a room and you want to just pick the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part.”
I have no preference as to whom will play Finnick. I just want whomever it is to do the best job they can and bring Finnick to life on screen. Everyone was up in arms with Jennifer and Josh when they were first cast, and after their performance in The Hunger Games.. I think it shushed those few up quickly. So, I trust Nina, director Frances Lawrence and author Suzanne Collins will give us the perfect Finnick. Like Nina said, “the person who gives the best audition and looks and feels most like the part” The person can look like Finnick, but to play him is a different story.
But I would really like to know who is playing Finnick really soon.
Lionsgate has officially dubbed the anticipated sequel, “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” According to Entertainment Weekly, the decision to add onto the original name may have been to differentiate between Suzanne Collin’s best seller and Lionsgate’s movie adaptation of Kay Nolte Smith’s mystery novel, also titled “Catching Fire.”
So, Hunger Games fans? Do you think this is a good change-up? Bad change-up? Do you care at all? If not, what do you think about this awesome fan art poster?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]
[Fan Art Image Credit: 15minof_fame]
A new week brings with it a swirl of new rumours about who is to play our favourite District 4 tribute Finnick Odair.
According to an insider, a casting decision could be announced this week at the earliest and allegedly the three names gaining currency are Armie Hammer (Mirror Mirror), Taylor Kitsch (Battleship) and Garrett Hedlund (Tron Legacy).
However, the source did add that unknown actors will likely be considered too.
A spokesman for Lionsgate said
As with the first film, we won’t be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumours for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce.