Ok, here’s a promise from me. Last year, a lot of news outlets were pretty slavishly reporting on EVERY SINGLE PIECE of Hunger Games casting news, and the vast majority of it was pretty pointless. It doesn’t matter who’s playing the male Tribute from District 3 because they are just meat for the grinder. I’m going to try and make sure that when we report on news for the sequel, Catching Fire, that it’s only in terms of principal characters. This is regarding one of those.
Into the Wild actress Jena Malone will be playing the role of Johanna Mason in the upcoming Hunger Games follow-up. She’s one of the winners of a previous Hunger Games brought together for the Quarter Quell bout between other past winners, which Katniss finds herself embroiled in as well. Some of you may remember that Kristen Bell, a Hunger Games fanatic, was campaigning heavily to get the role. I’m certainly a much bigger fan of Jena Malone than I am of Kristen Bell, so I guess I’m happy?
You can read the full press release after the jump.