Last week it appeared Lionsgate had decided on actress Zoe Aggeliki to play Johanna Mason in the highly-anticipated sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, but it appears that’s fallen through, as THR reports that Sucker Punch’s Jena Malone is in early talks for the role.
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. However she has a very prickly relationship with Katniss.
Francis Lawrence is directing from a screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt. Production is slated to begin in late September.