Movies.com: Fan Sites React to Jena Malone Wednesday 04 July, 2012
Hopefully you were at a computer or had a smartphone handy this afternoon, because we learned at around 3pm Eastern Time (noon on the West Coast) that Jena Malone has been offered the role of Johanna Mason in Catching Fire! This report came via The Hollywood Reporter, so we sort of have to consider it a “rumor” until Lionsgate confirms. But given the usual reliability of THR, we have no reason to believe this isn’t true!
Shortly after the news broke, Perri Nemiroff of Movies.com contacted the fan sites to get our immediate reactions. We’ve posted ours and a couple of others below; you can find the rest in Perri’s article here. As you’ll see, Savanna is something of a Jena fangirl, and Adam’s a bit more skeptical. But we’re both really looking forward to seeing how Jena tackles the role!
Feel free to let us know what you think about Jena in the comments below!
Savanna – Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Assuming this is true, I am so unbelievably thrilled! I’ve been “following” Jena Malone’s career since she appeared in Donnie Darko in 2001, and I’ve always been impressed by her performances and by the interesting and challenging choices that she’s made. She’s incredibly talented, and I know that she’ll be able to inject this role with all of the feistiness, badass-ness, and depth that it requires. For those who don’t think she looks the part, remember, we know that Johanna has wide-set brown eyes and short brown hair, but that’s it. Personally, I’m psyched that Jena is on the petite side, as Johanna won her Games by convincing her competitors that she was weak; it wouldn’t really make sense for her to be very tall or muscular. The bottom line is that if you’re a great actor, you can look like and beanything or anyone, and Jena truly is great. I, for one, will be resting easy tonight!
Adam – Hunger Games Fireside Chat
Is Jena Malone a capable actress? Yes. In fact, she’s proven herself to be more than capable throughout her career, playing a variety of roles quite well in many different genres. However, Johanna Mason has not been in her repertoire to date. Lots of fans and colleagues have been touting Sucker Punch as evidence that she can play rough, but I wasn’t a huge fan of her performance there, and I think she is more suited for films like Saved! or – in what was an unheralded effort – The Ballad of Lucy Whipple. Of course, Lionsgate has proven clairvoyant with some of its past selections, and I’m inclined to give the studio the benefit of the doubt, but surely there was a better prototype out there for a badass exhibitionist. Then again, as Whit Stillman writes in Metropolitan, “Playing strip poker with an exhibitionist somehow takes the challenge away.”
Amanda – The Hob
Jena Malone as Johanna Mason? Yes, yes, and yes, again. I never thought of Jena for the role, but the moment she was rumored to be in the running, I couldn’t have pictured a better fit. I’ve been a fan of Jena’s since she played a pregnant teen in the 2004 film Saved!, and though she has done some more mainstream films since then – ex. Pride and Prejudice, Sucker Punch – she’s always managed to stay a little under the radar. Perhaps because of her fantastic chameleon like quality, where she fully transforms into the character she’s portraying and you almost forget it’s her (ex. Hatfields and McCoys). This is what would make her a great fit for Johanna – she’s a seasoned actress yet isn’t someone whose previous roles or real-life persona will overshadow the character she’s playing. I have no doubt she could morph into the District 7 Tribute.
Celine – The Hunger Games Trilogy Faniste
I have only watched one movie Jena Malone starred in. Although I am not very impressed withSucker Punch, I think Malone’s acting was great. She played the role of a rebellious yet vulnerable girl in the movie. Based on what I have seen, I think she’ll make a convincing Johanna Mason. In the book, Johanna was described as having wide-set brown eyes and spiky hair. I am sure they can easily transform Malone to how Johanna was described in the book. I can see her acting tough and fierce like Johanna. It’s certainly a good decision that they have chosen her for the role.