“I’m super excited… it’s going to be amazing,” she told E! on Thursday night. Though she says she has not met with the director yet, reading the books is a task she already had under her belt.
“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.”
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.
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.
Apparently Jena posted a “Catching Fire” graphic on her Instagram account along with a message to her fans, saying, “Wish me luck. I may be the next victor in the hunger games…gonna need some heavy tribute action on this one.”
Another rumor was floating around last week regarding Mia Wasikowska as a possible contender for playing the District 7 Tribute. However, according to those who represent the “Alice in Wonderland actress,” she has not been offered the role and has other commitments that would preclude her from accepting.
At first, it was difficult for me to see Jena Malone as bad-mannered, devious Johanna since I remember her as the vulnerable pre-teen daughter from the drama “Stepmom.” However, having recently seen her as a woman in “Hatfields and McCoys,” I’m confident she can at the very least pull of Johanna’s vicious side. Her character in the miniseries, Nancy McCoy, was manipulative and kind of cold-blooded when it came to her family’s enemies, the Hatfields. I can see those same characteristics being translated over to this character. Plus, Jena can obviously rock Johanna’s trademark “spiky hair.”
Props to ARayOfSunshine (Nida) for catching this!
Cinema Blend writer Perri Nemiroff recently sat down with Emma Stone to discuss her role as Gwen Stacy in “The Amazing Spider-Man” and talk strayed from web-slinging heroes to a familiar axe-throwing District 7 Tribute: Johanna Mason. It comes as no surprise that one of the hottest actresses around is considered by many fans as a great choice to play Johanna, but is she even interested?
“She’s naked, like, all the time!” the actress exclaimed with a laugh. Emma Stone went on to say that she is a big fan of the “Hunger Games” series and loved the first movie, but remained elusive as to whether she would audition for the part or not.
In the books, Johanna is described as having spiky hair and wide set brown eyes. During her first Games as a Tribute, Johanna appeared weak and unfit for the Arena, and the remaining Tributes didn’t realize this was merely a strategy until she took to murdering them with her throwing axes. She is sarcastic, sassy, and ruthless, but ended up being a close friend and ally to Katniss due to her rebellious attitude toward the Capitol.
I can see Emma Stone as Johanna. The makeup and costume department would take care of the look, and Stone definitely possesses the capacity to bring every aspect of Johanna’s story and personality to life. As was mentioned in this article, Emma Stone’s comedic abilities can certainly lend to portraying Johanna’s sardonicism and brashness. Likewise, she has experience acting in drama (“The Help”) and action (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Zombieland”) movies, so she could certainly handle the emotion and physicality of the role.
How about it, HG fans? Yea or nay?
Check out the interview with Emma Stone below!
[Source: Cinema Blend]
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Dax Shepard Gives Details On Kristen Bell Meeting With Hunger Games Writer About The Role Of Johanna!
We previously reported that Kristen Bell was interested in portraying the role of Johanna Mason in the Hunger Games. It has been noted that Johanna is not introduced in the novels until Catching Fire. This could mean that she is seeking this role early (being proactive) or that somehow Johanna has been written into the Hunger Games movie.
Nonetheless Kristen’s boyfriend, Dax Shepard, has told MovieLine that Kristen has met with Hunger Games screenwriter, Billy Ray -
You both have to figure out a way to get cast in that movie.
We want KB to play — [aside] honey, what was it?
[In background] Kristen Bell: Johanna Mason.
Johanna Mason. Yes, KB is hell bent on getting that role. So we’ve got to start a groundswell!
What about you, Dax?
I think I’m too old to be in the movie!
I’m thinking Cinna could be a good part for you.
Cinna? The dresser. I’d have to femme it up a little bit? OK. Actually, KB did go and she met with the writer. She got a hold of the people and really chased it down. She’s obsessed.
The novelist Suzanne Collins or the screenwriter?
[Aside] Suzanne Collins, you didn’t meet her did you?
No, she met Billy Ray.
Dax also talks about how awesome Josh Hutcherson will be as Peeta, and how obsessed they are with the Hunger Games. You can read the rest of the interview here!
Actress Kristen Bell has shared a possible desire of hers via /Film.com — she would like to be a part of the Hunger Games movie, playing the role of District 7 tribute Johanna Mason -
One of my best friends ran into Kristen Bell the other day at work (things like this happen on a weekly basis living in Los Angeles). Bell apparently reads /Film and has a message for /Film readers. She hand-wrote the message on a piece of paper –
Bell is a huge fan of the Hunger Games books, and last year, publicly tweeted about her obsession: “I’m not just ‘a’ hunger games fan. THE hunger games fan. read both books twice” … “2nd time i read it aloud 2 friends & did different voices for each character. i am the king of the nerds!” She has even been praising the books in print, telling SHAPE: “It’s a wonderfully engaging story about a young female gladiator. I read the first one in a day — it’s that good.” While some Hunger Game fans have included Bell on their dream cast listings, it seems like Kristen has her own idea of which character she would love to play.
Kristen is a great actress, and I could see her playing the role of Johanna. However, Johanna Mason is not in the novel Hunger Games, she was only mentioned in the novel. Her character isn’t actually introduced until Catching Fire. I wonder if they will show some sort of flashback of Johanna in the Hunger Games, leading into Catching Fire? The possibilities are endless!
What do you think of Kristen Bell and the possibility of her playing the role of Johanna Mason? Let us know in the comments section!
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