Mia Wasikowska In Talks To Play Johanna Mason In ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’


Back in May we heard that producers started the search for the perfect actor to play Finnick Odair in the forthcoming sequel film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Earlier this month, we learned that Academy Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman is reportedly in negotiations to play the role of Gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee. Today we learn that the amazing Austrailian actress Mia Wasikowska is “in the mix” for the role of Johanna Mason. I have to say, this latest bit of casting rumor is very exciting!

While much of the casting chatter in recent weeks surrounding “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has been around who will play Finnick Odair in the highly anticipated sequel, there are still more key characters to be cast. And some names are beginning to emerge for who might take the crucial role of Johanna Mason in the film. Sources close to the project tell The Playlist that Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki are in the mix for Johanna Mason. The 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 hails, with her weapon of choice being an axe. Director Francis Lawrence is keen on finding the right actress to fit the part, and is looking at both big names and lesser known talents. Both actresses have been in discussions for the part, and we hear that Aggeliki could sign in the coming days, but nothing is certain just yet. Aggeliki may not be a familiar face at the moment, but she’ll be seen next summer in “R.I.P.D.” and also landed a role in “Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters” as Silena Beauregard. Whoever does snag the role will not only appear in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” but in “Mockingjay” as well, as Johanna figures strongly in that story as well. Production on ‘Catching Fire’ begins later this year, and the film will hit theaters on November 22, 2013.

No offense to this Zoe Aggeliki person but I would DIE for Mia Wasikowska to get the role of Johanna in Catching Fire. I first fell in love with Mia when she starred on the first season of the HBO series In Treatment. She impressed me beyond words. I loved her in Alice In Wonderland (even if the film, itself, left MUCH to be desired). I’m not a fan of period piece films so I didn’t see her in Jane Eyre but I have no doubt she was amazing in that film. Johanna is a very important character in the upcoming sequel films to The Hunger Games so an adept and talented actress is required. Mia fits the bill. I know everyone is going crazy wondering who will play the role of Finnick Odiar (the latest rumor is that Hunter Parish might get the part) but I’m really, really gonna lose my mind if Mia gets the role of Johanna. Please let this happen!!!


  • sue

    It will be awesome. She was fantastic in Albert Nobbs as well.

    • Megan

      She’s very very good in The Kids Are All Right too…as is Josh Hutcherson funnily enough :)

  • ClaireMichelle

    I love this casting rumor. Ah, I just need to know who the final cast will be. No more rumors, just give me the final cast, Lionsgate! >:)

  • Natalie

    I imagined someone tougher…like Eliza Dushku.

  • Jacinta

    Eh I’m still Team Kristen Bell or Naya Rivera for this part. They both really want the part and I could see them both doing justice to the role.

  • Tracy

    I don’t think this is a good selection. Johanna was supposed to be ethnic and in her 30’s. Casting of this actor is just all wrong and very disappointing.

    • Joan

      Early 20s, most likely. Her age is not specified on the books.

  • muchacha

    Mia would be so.amazing as Joanna. I can totally see it!

  • BradywantsMoore

    Im so glad I’m not the only one who thinks this casting rumor is atrocious?! Seriously Johana is a badass bitch and sexy and beautiful and tough and bitchy and Mia Waskowska really??!? She is not ONE of those things. I agree with one of the other commenters, when I heard Naya Rivera was wanting this role I thought “perfect” let this rumor die a rumor, PLEASE!!

    • @BrandywantsMoore — “Mia Waskowska really??!? She is not ONE of those things” I totally disagree with you. I think Mia can be all those things and more. I love Naya Rivera but I’d absolutely prefer an actress of Mia’s caliber for the role.

  • BradywantsMoore

    Well we have reached an impasse… I think that’s what it’s called. Lol but ya, I’m not on board with this!

  • Joan

    Hm. I actually love Mia, but I’m not sure if I would want to see her as Johanna Mason. If she does get it, she has acting chops to pull off the character, though.

    • Krissy

      I agree, I love her as an actress, but she isn’t the type I pictured for this role. I do love that they are looking at quality actors, though.

      I think Naya Rivera has waaaaay too much of a tv acting style to measure up to this cast. I just can’t see her holding her own with Phillip Seymore Hoffman. Mia is a way better option than Naya.

  • cmc

    I don’t see this either. I expected her to be more bad ass, but whatever- with the exception of Josh Hutcherson, looks like the Hunger Games casting directors really know what they’re doing. I’ll watch.

    For those saying Naya Rivera- really? She has the look and attitude, but the other actors would make her look so bad onscreen. She’s a decent but not good TV actress and we want to hoist such a complicated character on her?

    Also- poor Hunter Parish. He was definitely my pick for Peeta. Don’t know about Finnick though…

    • Stephanie

      You didn’t like Josh Hutchcerson, I thought he was perfect! He embodied Peeta’s character and fit the physical requirement. Mia seems to fragile to play Johanna. I always thought of her as a strong, sarcastic type. Mia seems small, quiet and meek in comparison.

      I agree that Naya seems wrong too. I think the character would come out too much like her character on Glee- which isn’t exactly who Johanna is.

    • Joan

      But Mia is not the character. She’s is an actress. The question should be whether or not she can pull off those Johanna traits (cunning, strength, fierceness, etc) on screen. I’m sure she’s capable of that. Visually, though? I don’t know. Casting someone that actually looks like book-Johanna brings more diversity to the cast. Which I would appreciate, since (1) Johanna is an important character and (2) the tributes/victors are meant to represent an entire country. Diversity is a must.

  • Wynter

    Really hope they consider Ryan Kwanten for Finnick.

    • Krissy

      Me too! He is a great actor, I think he could really use something that showed his talent. He looks the part completely too.

    • Darcy

      YES! That’s a great suggestion. I love Ryan Kwantan. As for Mia, she looks too young and frail for how I pictured Johanna. I was thinking she was much more athletic. I’d love to see Kristen Bell in the role.