It’s pretty astounding that with all the news coming out of Panem this week, we still don’t have a Finnick Odair or Johanna Mason for “Catching Fire.” If President Snow were mayor of Hollywood, the reaping would have happened months ago!
Anyway, back to all that news. There’s been a lot — so much so that even the most devoted “Hunger Games” fan could have missed a tidbit or two. Let’s look back at the week in news and notes:
Jenna Malone as Johanna Mason
It’s pretty neat how they have the same initials, huh? Late last week, IndieWire reported that “Alice in Wonderland” star Mia Wasikowska and newcomer Zoe Aggeliki were among Lionsgate’s top picks for the District 7 tribute. But not so fast: Entertainment Weekly reported Tuesday that it’s Jena Malone of “Sucker Punch” fame who’s in talks to enter the arena. And from her turn in Zack Snyder’s fighting fantasia, it’s clear she has the action chops for the Quarter Quell.
Et Tu, Brute?
Johanna Mason wasn’t the only “Catching Fire” character getting casting heat this week. Shockya had the news that two men are vying for the role of big brute Brutus from District 2: “Unstoppable” actor Victor Gojcaj and “Lost” actor Kevin Durand. Wonder what Caesar Flickerman has to say about this?
So Many People In Talks
Then there were so many people who said they’ve chatted with Lionsgate brass without divulging which role they were eyeing. First there was “Magic Mike” star Kevin Nash, whom many speculated could also be in the running for Brutus. Then Romeo Miller told MTV News while promoting “Madea’s Witness Protection” that he’d also talked to the studio. “I actually just met with Lionsgate about that, so you may be seeing me in one of the ’Hunger Games.’ That’s all I’m saying,” Miller said. “Not a particular role, we just had a meeting, seeing if it was something I was interested in. I can’t really talk too much, or they’ll kill me. You know how ’The Hunger Games’ is.”
Jennifer Lawrence Is A Real-Life Hero
Katniss Everdeen would be so proud! The character’s alter ego came to the aid of a girl passed out near her apartment on June 26. Lawrence stayed with the juvenile until paramedics came and treated her on the scene. Extra Peeta cookies for you this week, Jennifer!
“Catching Fire” Will Be “Very Real”
In between acts of heroism, Lawrence found time to sit down with the Los Angeles Times to chat about new director Francis Lawrence. “The new movie will be very real, which is what I’m excited about,” she said. “I really like his take, which is a lot of what I liked in Gary Ross. It’s the realistic grasp of the story instead of all the details of the imaginary things.” How exactly will this “real” vision play out? I guess we’ll have to wait until November 22, 2013, to find out.
What was your favorite tidbit of “Hunger Games” news this week? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!
Earlier “Hunger Games” columns:
» ’Brave,’ ’Hunger Games’ And The History Of Lady Archers
» “Catching Fire” In IMAX: Time To Embrace The Big, Big Screen?
» “Hunger Games”: Five Things We Learned At Movie Awards
» How “Catching Fire” Could Set Taylor Kitsch’s Career Ablaze
» “Hunger Games” At The Movie Awards: Dos And Don’ts
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