Jena Malone Beats Out Zoe Aggeliki to Wins the Johanna Mason Role in 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'
The search for the actress to play Johanna Mason, the ax-wielding tribute from District 7 in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, is over. Contrary to previous reports about model/actress Zoe Aggeliki being the front runner, the role will actually go to Jena Malone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Malone was first revealed to be in talks for the part last week.
Mia Wasikowska was said to be in the mix for the Mason role as well, but her camp debunked that rumor as soon as it started by saying that she wasn't even approached for the role in the first place, and even if she was, her schedule wouldn't have allowed it anyway.
For those who haven't read the Suzanne Collins novels, Johanna Mason hails from District 7, an area covered mostly in trees and is known for its paper products. As a tribute, her primary weapon is an ax.
In their first encounter, Mason strips out of her tree costume to antagonize Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and acts caustically toward her, but the two will later bond and become friends. Mason has a deep-seated hatred for the Capitol.
Production is scheduled to begin in the fall for a November 22, 2013 release, so expect the other roles to be filled out in the coming weeks. All the other principal cast members will return to reprise their roles.