Jena Malone Confirmed For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Posted 07.23.12 by Ryan
Earlier this month, Jena Malone (Sucker Punch, Donnie Darko) was reportedly offered a part in the upcoming Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire, as Johanna Mason, the brash and sarcastic former District 7 tribute who creates an uneasy alliance with protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Looks like she has finally accepted. Lionsgate has announced that Malone is confirmed to appear as Mason in the highly-anticipated second installment.
Malone joins a cast that has also recently added Philip Seymour Hoffman as new Gamemaster Plutarch Heavensbee and Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) as Wiress, with Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman) rumored to be up for the role of Finnick Odair, the former District 4 tribute who, like Katniss and Johanna, will be asked to participate in the Quarter Quell, an edition of the Hunger Games that uses former winners of the televised, fight-to-the-death competition.
Already scheduled for a November 22, 2013, release date, shooting on Catching Fire will begin this September. Academy Award–winning screenwriters Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) adapted the script from Suzanne Collins' novel. Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) will direct.