It’s official: Lionsgate announced this morning that Jena Malone has signed on to play Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Malone is the third new actor to formally join the Hunger Games franchise, following Philip Seymour Hoffman (as Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee) and Amanda Plummer (as tribute Wiress).
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UPDATE: Melissa Leo is reportedly no longer in the running for the role of Mags. The following story has been amended accordingly.
The tributes for the Hunger Games of The Hunger Games were stocked mostly with young actors unknown to most audiences. But as the casting sweepstakes for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire really begins to (forgive me) catch fire, it appears that Lionsgate hopes to dial up the star wattage a bit for its wildly anticipated sequel.
Variety is reporting that Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Tony Shalhoub (Monk) are the latest actors to top the shortlist to play the new tributes in Catching Fire. (Some SPOILERS follow for those who have not read Suzanne Collins’ novel.) READ FULL STORY
As Catching Fire nears its start date, another new member has been added to the cast of the Hunger Games sequel — Amanda Plummer, the actress best known for playing meek and mad characters in So I Married an Axe Murderer, The Fisher King and Needful Things.
As fans of the Suzanne Collins book could probably guess from those first two words of the story, she’ll be playing a character who becomes a critical ally to Katniss Everdeen… READ FULL STORY
The Hunger Games cast members Willow Shields (Prim), Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Alexander Ludwig (Cato), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), and Jack Quaid (Marvel) all stopped by EW’s Comic-Con studio today to discuss how theybonded while making the film, their favorite scene from the film, and (per a question via Twitter) who would best survive a zombie apocalypse. Plus, Shields talks about Prim’s bigger role in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Check it out below! READ FULL STORY
For those of you who aren’t at Comic-Con, fear not. EW has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from The Hunger Games that just premiered at a Comic-Con panel.
The video is a closer look at the scene where Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is tied in a tree, and the fire starts to surround her. Watch director Gary Ross and stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski block out and show Lawrence the path she has to run, and watch how close Lawrence actually gets to the fire. Katniss would be proud.
Check out the clip below: READ FULL STORY
Lionsgate has just let loose a veritable Cornucopia of release details. Only shortly after confirming the addition of Philip Seymour Hoffman to the cast of Catching Fire, the studio has announced that they plan to split Mockingjay—the final novel in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy—into two separate films: the ingeniously titled The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2. The plan is to make this a yearly event through 2015, with Catching Fire hitting theaters on November 22, 2013, Mockingjay, Part 1 on November 21, 2014, and Mockingjay, Part 2 on Nov. 20, 2015. That way, each Thanksgiving, Americans can give thanks that they’re not being forced to fight to the death as a spectator sport, even if holidays with the family can make it feel that way.
This is just the latest example of Hollywood taking the ax to a golden goose in an effort to double their success rates and extend the film series. And based on the take of other meiotic franchises like Harry Potter and Twilight, it’s highly possible that splitting Mockingjay will result in two golden geese. At least, that’s what Lionsgate is hoping.
Where could ‘Mockingjay’ be split into two parts?
Philip Seymour Hoffman will play Plutarch Heavensbee in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’
‘Hunger Games’ behind-the-scenes extras preview — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has signed on to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, as Plutarch Heavensbee, the politically crafty Head Gamemaker who oversees the 75th Annual Hunger Games, Lionsgate announced today.
Hoffman is the first new actor to officially join the wildly popular franchise, alongside stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, and Donald Sutherland. Actress Jena Malone has reportedly signed up to play tribute Johanna Mason — EW first reported that Malone was in the running for the role — but Lionsgate has yet to confirm that casting.
Director Francis Lawrence is aiming to start shooting Catching Fire later this year. Along with Hoffman’s casting, the studio also released its first official synopsis for the film, based on the best-selling novel by Suzanne Collins. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY
Listen to Josh Hutcherson talk about “powerful” Jennifer Lawrence, and get the inside scoop on the training the Tribute actors had to go through to make the arena fighting realistic.
Watch a clip from the three-hour behind-the-scenes footage below: READ FULL STORY
We’re officially halfway through 2012, and if you’re an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it’s time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it’s also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That’s My Boy, but we’ll save that for another time…)
There have been loads of strong performers with sensible budgets, so it was difficult to whittle down the slate (sorry, Safe House and Contraband, you were thisclose to making the cut!), but whittle I did. Thus, here is my totally-up-for-debate list of the 15 Most Impressive* Box Office Performances of 2012… so far. READ FULL STORY
One down, one more to go. The role of Johanna Mason — one of the most anticipated new characters in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire — may be taken. Lionsgate has reportedly already offered the part — a cunning, sarcastic Tribute from District 7 — to Malone, star of Saved!, Sucker Punch, and, most recently, the A&E mini-series Hatfields & McCoys. EW reported last week that Malone was in the running for the role.
Mason, who eventually allies herself with Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss and Josh Hutcherson’s Peeta, also appears in Suzanne Collins’ third book Mockingjay, so we can probably expect to see Malone in forthcoming sequels. Still to be cast is the role of Finnick Odair, another Tribute that aids the series’ protagonists, even though production is expected to begin in September with Francis Lawrence directing.
Jena Malone in the running for Johanna Mason in ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Mia Wasikowska NOT in the running for Johanna Mason
‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee
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