Zoe Aggeliki Close to Winning Johanna Mason Role in ‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’

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Several young actresses are reported to have campaigned for the role of Johanna Mason in the hotly-anticipated Hunger Games: Catching Fire (no pun). Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) was an early rumored contender; more recent reports pegged Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki as the current front-runners.

A report from earlier this week suggested that Malone is close to securing the aforementioned Hunger Games sequel role. Today, however, we have word that Aggeliki is the one in “most serious talks” to play Johanna.

Deadline has the scoop on Aggeliki possibly being a new addition to the Hunger Games ensemble; for those not familiar, the site describes Johanna Mason as “an [axe-wielding], deceptive and ruthless winner of a previous Hunger Games.” Furthermore, the character appears in both Catching Fire and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games book finale, Mockingjay (which is expected to be split into two movies). It’s essentially a great supporting role for a young actress looking to make a name for herself.

Aggeliki fits that bill perfectly. The model has a role in the upcoming second Percy Jackson movie, and will appear in next year’s comic book movie R.I.P.D. Of course, landing the role of Johanna in the Hunger Games series would ensure that Aggeliki continues to have work for the next couple of years.

jennifer lawrence hunger games Zoe Aggeliki Close to Winning Johanna Mason Role in Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

Catching Fire reunites the well-regarded cast of its predecessor, which includes stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson, and Donald Sutherland. Hence, most fans are keeping an eye on the new personnel: director Francis Lawrence (a replacement for Gary Ross); screenwriters Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire) and Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), taking over writing duties from Ross, Collins, and Billy Ray – and possible acting additions, such as Aggeliki and Philip Seymour Hoffman (among others).

The decision to hire Lawrence (Constantine, I Am Legend) for Catching Fire has prompted a mixed reaction overall. It makes sense from a business perspective, as Lawrence is capable of delivering a competent final product (minus the artistic flourishes that Ross brought to Hunger Games) within the time constraints set by Lionsgate. The problem, of course, is that fans want reason to hope Catching Fire can be something fantastic – and not just “competent.”

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is set to begin production this September, in order to make a November 22nd, 2013 U.S. theatrical release date. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the project in the meantime.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I want Malone.

    • I have to agree with you here. Malone has proven herself to be a great actress and even has the look of Mason. When I heard she was in the running something clicked in my head and was like “Holy crap! That makes sense!”

  2. yes, please. Malone.

  3. I pictured Natalia Tena…

  4. I’m really over Hollywood splitting the final book in a series into two movies. It worked for Harry Potter because the book was dense, and for once they were able to include pretty much everything.
    I haven’t read Twilight, but from what I understand the third book definitely didn’t need to be split.
    I have read Hunger Games, and I can’t imagine Mockingjay being split into two parts. The book moves slowly as is, it doesn’t need a three hour plus movie.
    Obvious cash grab is obvious.

  5. They are not smart to get a first time actress for a well acted film series.

    • agreed 110%. i hope aggeliki will have a great acting career in the future, but for a complex character such as johanna mason you need an assured actress who can handle such a role, and Jena Malone already has many good credentials to her name.

  6. Jena Malone is perfect for this role, i cant imagine anyone better for it.

  7. i think they should have an unknown actress play johanna. The people they cast for some characters were a bit old. I think malone is little too old to play mason. they should have someone younger. Malone is a very good actress, but too old. She’s pushin’ 30. And Zoe has the age for mason, but her lips are just ew. I don’t really think she has the mason image. They should definitely have an unknown play mason.

  8. seriously what’s the deal she is just a model there’s nothing raw OR rough about her just a pretty face, come on people Malone

  9. The movies are screwed.

    I don’t think anyone can deny that ‘The Hunger Games’ (movie) sucked out loud, compared to the book. There was no development, too many continuity errors. Suzanne Collins should feel ashamed for letting Gary Ross butcher such major plot elements of the book (Madge, Cato/Clove, RUE).

    And now they are thinking of casting a pretty-faced model as Johanna Mason.

    Pray for the apocalypse, people, we aren’t going to get what our expectations crave.

    • I (and MANY others) thoroughly enjoyed the first film and think they definitely captured the essence of the first book. I would prefer Malone for the Johanna role simply because she is more experienced and has the look for the character for the second film. I agree with others that the third book does not need two films…at the moment, I am cautiously hopeful for how the book trilogy will complete its run on the big screen.

      Cherie…please, do NOT assume you speak for all the fans. You don’t.

      • Okay, many others enjoyed the movie. But many more hated it, as it was a very poor adaption from the book.

        Did you watch the movie?
        -There was no character development, once so ever.
        -There was no sense of tension in the arena. The Tributes walk around, making all kinds of noise, seemingly oblivious to the fact that they are being hunted.
        -They turned Peeta into a feminine wuss. It wasn’t Hutcherson’s fault, but the writing for his character was atrocious.
        -Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane) seems to be included just to showcase his talent for growing an amazing beard.
        -Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) is misused in every way possible; she’s only there to be a typecast from her ‘Orphan’ movie.
        -Leven Rambin (Glimmer) was given more screen time in the movie than book, yet Leven isn’t acting. She’s playing herself in the Hunger Games. They way she talks/moves/acts is just how Glimmer talks/moves/acts. She didn’t take time to craft a character. Same can be said about many of the performances
        -The continuity errors are endless. During a training scene, when Peeta throws the metal sphere, Clove and Glimmer are switched out. My jaw dropped at witnessing such a massive continuity error.
        -The we’re-not-only-telling-this-from-Katniss’-POV is misused, I expected to see more from District 12/Prim/etc.

        The list goes on and on. I don’t understand how faithful book readers liked this terrible adaption. It sank through the mediocre floor of bad Fanfiction.

        • Cherie,

          I’m sure there are a number of fans that agree with your complaints. However, judging by how The Hunger Games has an 85% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, an average 7.6/10 score on IMDb, and it grossed more that $673 million worldwide – it’s fair to assume that, ultimately, more fans ENJOYED the movie than hated it.

          Let’s just leave it at that – rather than, accuse other people of not even watching the movie (just because they disagree with your assessment).

          • Sandy,

            Right you are, on the facts that it has 85% fresh on RT and 7.6 on IMDb. Gross has nothing to do with a good or bad movie. Many people who dislike the movie are counted in that amount of money.

            Sure, it can be said that more fans (and, by fans, I mean people who have never read the books and are only watching this because of Hutcherson, Hemsworth, or Ludwig) enjoyed it. But a /true/ fan, who knows the /true/, emotional meanings to the book would not come close to liking this movie. I’ll be waiting for a remake in a few decades.

            I didn’t accuse Arch, I asked the person a question. How is that accusing?

            • When you asked Arch, “Did you watch the movie?”, it comes off as though you’re passively accusing him of having either not watched the movie, or having not given it proper thought – simply because he doesn’t agree with your assessment.

              That also goes for when you talk about “true” fans of the book. Whether it’s your intention or not, it doesn’t seem like you’re just expressing your opinion (which you are, of course, entitled to) so much as you’re saying “If you liked the Hunger Games movie, you are not a true fan, and therefore your opinion doesn’t count.”

              My point is: sometimes, you just have to accept that someone else’s opinion can be different from yours, and it’s NOT because they’re uninformed or not “a true fan” – or some other reason which boils down to them being flawed/biased (in this regard).

              • Okay, perhaps it seems as if I’m saying it that way. Well, if a true fan did, in fact, like the movie, then they must’ve enjoyed it as a stand-alone film. I honestly can’t see another way around it.

                And I’m not only grilling the book-to-movie adaption, but there are also lots of errors in decent film-making. As I said: the training scene, Lawrence turns the knife around a few times during the tracker jacker sequence, Ludwig had an accent in different parts of the film and Ross was too lazy to make him redo his lines, the writing was poor, the CGI was noticeably CGI (the sets looked like they were borrowed from a SyFy movie), etc.

                And the Careers seemed like children running after an icecream truck. Where was the brutality? I would’ve had the guts to approach them all and I’m fairly small and young!

                But yes, we all have different opinions and I respect that.

                • First, Sandy…Thank you.

                  Cherie…I read the books (all three) several times and led my school’s book talk on the series’s titular first. I’ve read many editorials, commentaries, and interviews, both related to the novels AND the film. I saw the film four times.

                  I do not say these things to brag or to imply that I know or love these books any more than you or anyone else, BUT I am quite certain that I know AND love the story of Katniss Everdeen well enough to claim that I understood it, its environs (physical, in terms of the world established in the series, AND literary, in terms of ideas presented).

                  Having said that, I very much enjoyed the film and thought it represented the book effectively and interestingly. I found the acting all around to be wonderful, the sets to be excellent, the cinematography to be beautiful. Some of the timing could have been a bit more stretched/extended/expanded, yes, but what I DID experience was fine. I know many people hated the shaky cam, but I thought it perfect for the scenes in which it was used (and I do not get motion sickness, so that was not a concern while I watched).

                  The film was not perfect, BUT I thought it conveyed the essence of the book amazingly well. Some parts of the novel were excluded (and I would have enjoyed seeing them too), but what was included made for a coherent, provocative story (though I AM curious how some of the missing pieces will be covered/altered to insure that CATCHING FIRE continues the smooth flow of the storyline).

                  You’ll simply have to accept the FACT that many people–including many who read and loved the trilogy–DID enjoy the film.

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