‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Gets Jena Malone as Johanna Mason

The actress is in early negotiations to star as the volatile District 7 tribute in director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming sequel.

Jena Malone is in talks to play Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Jena Malone is in talks to play Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Actress Jena Malone is in early talks to play Johanna Mason in the highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, putting to rest weeks of speculation as to who will play the integral District 7 tribute.

We reported last month that actresses Mia Wasikowska and newcomer Zoe Aggeliki were the top contenders for the role. Less than a week later, we also reported that Jena Malone emerged as a front runner, and that Mia Wasikowska was no longer in the running. If a deal is finalized, Jena Malone will play Johanna Mason in both The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and the final sequel, Mocking Jay.

Johanna Mason is a loner who is said to have no family and friends back home in District 7. She tries to form an alliance with Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) during the 75th Hunger Games, where the field is comprised of former winners. The character is known for her proficiency with an axe, and for her ability to manipulate others into trusting her.

Francis Lawrence is directing from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt. Production is slated to begin in late September.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was released November 22nd, 2013 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Jack Quaid, Taylor St. Clair, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Woody Harrelson, Josh Hutcherson, Paula Malcomson. The film is directed by Francis Lawrence.

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  1. Josh

    Where has she been for the past few years?

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  2. ROFLitschristian

    I just want a sequel NOW!

    3 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  3. skywise


    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  4. Dan

    Good choice.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  5. Justice Kowaleski

    @cheetoboy I think She was the saving grace in Sucker Punch she is an awesome choice for Johana mason This sequel is looking to be the biggest blockbuster of next christmas i feel really bad for Ninja Turtles

    3 years agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  6. Cheetoboy

    She was good in Sucker Punch, although that was a mediocre movie. Hopefully she'll be better in this.

    3 years agoby @cheetoboyFlag

  7. ejk1


    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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