The fandom came alight today with news that Jena Malone has been offered the role of Johanna Mason in Catching Fire. The Hollywood Reporter says that while it’s not a done deal, the talks will no doubt end up with Malone agreeing to take on the role.
Perrif Nemiroff from Movies.com decided to check in with Hunger Games fansites to see what they think of the news:
Hamilton – My Hunger Games
Jena Malone is not a big name that would have jumped out at me as being a candidate for Johanna. I didn’t, in fact, recognize her name despite having seen several movies she’s starred in. The two roles that stand out are Mary in Saved! and Rocket in Sucker Punch. In Saved! she plays a girl with some serious internal struggles, dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. In Sucker Punch she kicks some serious arse as an older sister who will give anything and everything to protect her younger sister. She’s also not bad looking. Those are all the ingredients we need in Johanna Mason. Combined with the fact that as a lesser known actress she won’t bring a lot of preconceptions with her, I think she’s a fine – if unexpected – choice and if she accepts the part, I won’t be disappointed.
Crystal – Mockingjay.net
While I think Jena is too old to be the book Johanna Mason, it’s a movie and therefore allowances have to be made. I get that Jennifer looks much older than she should and so I understand why Johanna has to be aged up. And if aging up helps Garrett Hedlund in any way, I’m all for it! I’ve only seen Jena in Sucker Punch and Contact (when she was like 12). Sad to say that Sucker Punch really disappointed me. It was all fluff and a total guy’s movie, but I definitely think she can pull off the snark and attitude of Johanna. And while I may not have liked Sucker Punch, her role as Rocket is actually similar to Johanna Mason in that she had to play the badass Rocket and her real-life counterpart who was decidedly more weak and vulnerable as a mental patient. (Great for Mockingjay!)
Lindsay – HG Girl On Fire
When Jena Malone was first mentioned as a possibility for Johanna Mason, I think many people were surprised. She’s not quite the first person that jumps to mind. However, Jena is a seasoned actress that’s got a pretty broad range, and the more time I’ve had to think on it, the more I like the choice for our Johanna. Jena is one of those actors that you might have recognized, but probably didn’t know her name. Most recently she played the seemingly innocent, but out-for-blood Nancy McCoy in the TV mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. She’s got snark. She’s got attitude, and she’s able to play it tough. And rumor is that she really wanted the role. I like where this is going so far.
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