Some confirmed casting news has come in for what will no doubt be a box office monster, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. I can almost smell the psychotic fans lining up a year early to get their first glimpse at the next chapter. Here’s hoping that they “Occupy Deodorant.”
Variety reports that Jena Malone has been cast in Lionsgate’s Catching Fire as Johanna Mason, a past victor of the Hunger Games. She joins the recently cast newbies Amanda Plummer as Wiress and Philip Seymour Hoffman as Plutarch Heavensbee.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson will return in their roles.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire follows Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) returning home after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson). Katniss senses that a rebellion is simmering, but the Capitol is very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland) prepares for the 75th annual Games (known as the Quarter Quell).
Francis Lawrence will direct Catching Fire, for which Lionsgate is eying a September start and a November 22, 2013, release. Nina Jacobson’s Color Force produces with Jon Kilik.
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