Official: Jena Malone Cast as Johanna Mason Monday 23 July, 2012
Lionsgate just announced — after weeks of speculation — that Jena Malone will indeed be playing Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire! We devoted Episode 66 to the Jena-as-Johanna rumors, so if you want to hear our thoughts, go check it out by clicking here!
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– Click here to watch Jena’s appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year.
About the Character:
Johanna Mason, a female victor from a past Games still in her early twenties, is one of the youngest, but also one of the most psychologically scarred Hunger Games participants.
As a rising actress distinguished by her versatility and multidimensional roles, Jena Malone continues to evolve with each new project.
Malone recently starred opposite Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton in the History Channel’s mini-series Hatfields & McCoys which is based on a true story, and chronicles the bloody hostilities between two clans that escalated to the point of near war between two states. Sony Pictures Television debuted the three part mini-series on May 28th, with the second and third parts airing on the History Channel May 29th and 30th, respectively. The mini-series broke cable records and become the new most-watched entertainment telecast of all time on cable.
Malone will soon begin production on The Go Getters. The film is an LA noir thriller about a struggling actress (Malone) who gets caught up in a heist planned by two underworld brothers.
Malone will next be seen in the independent feature In Our Nature opposite John Slattery and Zach Gilford about an estranged father and son who are forced to share a vacation home with their respective girlfriends after a scheduling mistake. The film premiered at SXSW as well as the Sarasota Film Festival and is scheduled to be released this fall.
Malone is set to star in a web-based series directed by Ami Mann titled, Dakota. The series of webisodes is part of WIGS, a new YouTube channel that is producing high-end, original, scripted series about the lives of women from all walks of life. WIGS has also attracted the talents of Jennifer Garner, Alfred Molina, Stephen Moyer, Virginia Madsen, Julia Stiles, Maura Tierney, Michael C. Hall, and America Ferrera, who will all star in the various series which began airing this May. Later this year, Malone will be seen in The Wait, opposite Chloe Sevigny about two sisters who decide to keep their deceased mother in their home after being informed that she will come back to life, as well as the independent feature, For Ellen, which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Malone is soon set to begin production on the highly anticipated film, Lonely Hunter. In this biopic, Malone will star in the title role as Carson McCullers’. Production on the film will commence this summer.
In 2011, Malone starred in Zack Snyder’s, Sucker Punch, for Warner Bros. opposite Emily Browning and Abbie Cornish. In the action film, five young women use their imaginations to escape their bleak reality being held prisoner in a mental hospital. Previously, Malone starred in Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, Sean Penn’s Into the Wild, Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain, Brian Dannelly’s Saved! and Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice. As a young actress, Malone starred opposite Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon in Stepmom, the cult classic, Donnie Darko and her very first role in the independent film Bastard Out of Carolina which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Debut Performance. Malone has guest starred on several television series including Law & Order and Chicago Hope, and her performance in the TV film Hope earned Malone a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV. Malone currently resides in Los Angeles.