Mockingjay.net Staff on Jena Malone’s Casting as Johanna Mason
With Jena Malone finally officially cast as Johanna Mason in 2013′s ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’, the staff of Mockingjay.net has a lot to say about the matter! And remember, it’s not official until it’s on CatchingFireCasting.com!
Ever since Entertainment Weekly mentioned her name I couldn’t picture anyone else as Johanna. She has exactly the right voice, look and demeanour and I’ve really liked her ever since ‘Donnie Darko.’ She encompasses everything we know about Johanna – she looks, on the surface, to be someone you would overlook in the arena but we know from some of the roles she’s played before (‘Sucker Punch’ for one) that there’s a ferocity underneath! I’m so excited by Jena and I know her comedic timing is pretty good too, for me Johanna has to be cuttingly funny. Another perfect casting choice!
It feels a little weird giving a reaction now because I feel like her offer got reported by THR and we therefore all took it pretty seriously. Back when that first came out I felt like she was too old since I thought Johanna could have been as young as 18 or 19, but people pointed out to me that Jena looks much younger and even though I didn’t LOVE Sucker Punch, there’s no denying that she was fit, kicked some serious butt, and Rocket was pretty similar to what Johanna is. I can definitely see her owning the role and giving Johanna some new dimension that we’ve never thought of, so I’m very excited to see what happens. I’ve never really liked the scene in the elevator, so I’m hoping it translates to screen in a fantastic new fashion.
It’s been almost one month since we first heard the rumor that Jena Malone was in the running to play Johanna Mason. Since that day, there’s been no one else for me. I’ve loved Jena since I first saw her in ‘Stepmom’ back in 1998. She was an incredible child actress, and she’s only gotten better. She was absolutely amazing in ‘Saved!’ and her characters in ‘Donnie Darko’ and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ were incredibly well done. (I haven’t seen ‘Suckerpunch’ or ‘Hatfields and McCoys’, but I’ve heard good things about her characters.) She’s played so many diverse and emotionally-charged roles that I believe she will have no problem molding herself into the most perfect Johanna Mason any of us could ever ask for!
I love that there’s been so much talk about who would play Johanna Mason, with plenty of big names tossed around, and a total sleeper pick ended up nabbing the role. Jena is terrific – she has the look, the acting chops, and I like that she’s older than Jennifer Lawrence. The casting crew is making me so excited to see the new movie!! Major kudos
Like my fellow staffers I have to agree that since Jena was first rumoured as having the role, I completely locked her in. I can only remember her in ‘Donnie Darko’, which I absolutely adore, but I will definitely be watching ‘Suckerpunch’ and ‘Hatfield and McCoys’ to see what she has been up to recently. A lot of the comments I have read have been very positive in regards to her acting ability, and with the number of actresses who auditioned for the part, Jena clearly had the talent to stand out and own the role. The picture we featured with Jena rocking a mohawk absolutely sold it for me, there was so much of Johanna in that photo, the arrogant air of confidence, the spunk. Then there was that photo she shared on instagram showing off her guns when she was working on ‘Suckerpunch’ – now I absolutely cannot wait to see her throw an axe 3/3 for me so far!