After the long wait, we now have an official confirmation from Lionsgate that Jena Malone is cast as Johanna Mason! Have you noticed that they have the same initials? (Philip Hoffman has also the same initials with Plutarch Heavensbee). Anyway, Josh Hutcherson was able to spill some casting stuff when he was asked by an Access Hollywood reporter. He mentioned that Jena Malone is amazing when asked about the new cast in Catching Fire. You can see that video here. If I’m not mistaken that trigger the premature announcement for the Johanna actress. Honestly, I was expecting that casting news about the important characters like Johanna and Finnick will be announced later than the others.
Here’s Lionsgate’s official press release:
Santa Monica, CA, July 23, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES:CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that Jena Malone has been cast in the role of Johanna Mason in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. Johanna Mason is a female victor from a past Games still in her early twenties, and is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Quarter Quell participants.Malone recently starred opposite Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in the History Channel’s Emmy® nominated mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. The mini-series broke cable records and is the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on cable. Her additional credits include Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, and Sean Penn’s Into the Wild. She will soon begin production on Lonely Hunter.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 50 million copies in print in the U.S. alone.Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.Ongoing casting news and information for the film can be found at: www.CatchingFireCasting.com