Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki are up for the Johanna Mason role in the highly anticipatd sequel "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" says The Playlist.
"Slumdog Millionaire" scribe Simon Beaufoy had signed on to originally go ahead and adapt author Suzanne Collins' next novel in the series a while back when Gary Ross was attached to direct. Since Francis Lawrence has replaced Ross, a new script was commissioned.
In the story the Mason character becomes a strong ally with Katniss and Peeta during the 75th Hunger Games, but has a testy relationship with Katniss who likens her to an older sister who hates you. She's a fierce competitor, who has no family and friends left in District 7 where she is from--her weapon of choice is an axe.
The post says that Aggeliki has the edge and could sign in the coming days but nothing is locked.
Whomever does get the role will not only appear in "Catching Fire" but in "Mockingjay" as well, simce Johanna figures in that story as well.
Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offerd the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, the new Gamemaker at the Capitol after Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) was executed. Plutarch is a far savvier political animal and plays a crucial role in the events of Catching Fire.
Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Lenny Kravitz and Donald Sutherland are expected to return.
Things need to move at a quickend pace since Catching Fire already has a set release date of Nov. 22, 2013, and needs to finish shooting by December so that star Jennifer Lawrence can start work on Fox's in-development as yet Untitled X-Men First Class Sequel in January.