E! Online spoke with Jena Malone and asked her about joining the cast of Catching Fire as Johanna.
“I’m super excited,” Malone exclusively told us at last night’s Beverly Hills party for Dannijo & Tucker Tea. “It’s going to be amazing.”
But she’s not rushing things.
“We’re getting there,” she said when asked if she’s met with director Francis Lawrence.
As for preparing for her role, she said, “One step at a time.”
One thing Malone doesn’t need to do is read the Hunger Games novels—she’s already done that.
“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.”
We love hearing she was already a fan of the series! Cannot wait to hear more from Jena!
Entertainment Weekly has exclusive clip from the behind-the-scenes extras on The Hunger Games DVD/Blu-ray.
In this EW exclusive clip of a behind-the-scenes feature from the upcoming Blu-ray release ofThe Hunger Games, Lawrence discusses her fears about signing onto a popular franchise film, her advice from her mom, and why a good script is a good script, no matter the size of the movie.
While what Jennifer talks about isn’t anything new, the video shows behind-the-scenes clips of a number of scenes, including the Tribute interviews, the Everdeen’s house, the Tribute parade, and more.
The video isn’t embeddable, so head over to EW.com to watch it.
Lionsgate has just confirmed – Jenna Malone has been cast as Johanna Mason!
Press release below:
JENA MALONE CAST AS JOHANNA MASON IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
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’sSucker Punch, Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, and Sean Penn’s Into the Wild. She will soon begin production on Lonely Hunter.
I think this is a great choice – what do you think?
Here are first images of the map of ‘Panem’ from the Hunger Games Adventures game. Many districts are still locked, but you can see the locations for Districts 2, 11, 12 and the Capitol.
Click each image to see it larger:
We will post more photos of the map as the remaining Districts become unlocked.
EW has posted this stunning portrait of The Hunger Games cast who made appearances at San Diego Comic-Con. I can’t get over how beautiful this photo is of the cast!
What do you think about the portrait?
PopSugar managed to check in with him to chat a bit about both roles.
“I loved Finnick when I was reading the books. If they’d love to consider me, I’ll be there. Fan of the books… there’s so many great actors out there and it’s nice to open up a thing or read Twitter and someone says “You’re the only person I see for this role.” That’s really cool! So I’m so honored by that and I look forward to going through the process with this film.”
He’s talking about Finnick from 4:16.
We’re still yet to find out exactly who will be in Catching Fire and the shooting schedule set down for later in the year, but it seems Lionsgate producers are on the look out for the best director – or directors – to take on the Mockingjay movies.
IndieWire is reporting that Lionsgate, along with author Suzanne Collins and producer Nina Jacobsen are vetting potential candidates.
New Lionsgate movie chiefs, Summit’s Rob Friedman and Patrick Wachsberger, producers Nina Jacobson and author Suzanne Collins are currently vetting the right directors for the last two “Mockingjay” films, which are also hurtling into production (for release November 2014 and 2015), too fast for Francis Lawrence to be in charge. The second “Twilight” could have been a better movie had it not been so rushed, but Summit got away with it and laughed all the way to the bank. So they are following the same playbook.
The first of the Mockingjay movies will come out just one year after Catching Fire, making it a tight schedule for Francis Lawrence to be involved. It’s still anyone’s guess if the Mockingjay movies will be filmed at the same time with the same director, or separately, with different people in charge.
Catching Fire casting is set to really get going now. Lionsgate has just announced Amanda Plummer has been cast as Wiress!
AMANDA PLUMMER CAST AS WIRESS IN LIONSGATE’S THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
Santa Monica, CA, July 17, 2012- Lionsgate® and the filmmakers of THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE are pleased to announce that actress Amanda Plummer has been cast in the role of Wiress in the much anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ worldwide smash hit novel Catching Fire. The character’s eccentricity earns her the nickname “Nuts” from fellow tributes, and though she doesn’t communicate traditionally, her observations and contributions prove invaluable in the Quarter Quell.
Best known to film going audiences from her memorable and award nominated roles in THE FISHER KING and PULP FICTION, Plummer is also a beloved, Tony Award® winning stage actress on and off Broadway. She can next be seen as the title character in the forthcoming film ABIGAIL HARMS.
Lionsgate will release THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE on November 22, 2013.