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Jena Malone cast in a key role for 'Hunger Games' sequel 'Catching Fire,' report says

07/03/2012 by Kristina Lopez

Jena Malone has reportedly been cast in a key role for "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire."

Warning: Book spoilers ahead!

The actress will reportedly play Johanna Mason, according to The Hollywood Reporter, who says that Malone is in early negotiations for the role. The character is a tribute that Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) must face off when they return to The Hunger Games arena for the Quarter Quell.

The Quarter Quell is a special event in Panem which commemorates The Hunger Games every 25 years. For the 75th Hunger Games and the third Quarter Quell, two former winning tributes (victors) from each district from previous Hunger Games must return to the arena and battle to the death again.

Mason is a snarky character from District 7 who has a talent for one-liners and can wield an ax. She strips naked at one point to intimidate Katniss. The character also appears in the third book "Mockingjay."

Malone, 27, has appeared in films like "Stepmom," "Donnie Darko," "Saved!" and "Sucker Punch." She recently appeared on the television mini-series "Hatfields & McCoys" as Nancy McCoy. Malone also performs music under her own name and as The Shoe.

In April, it was reported, but not confirmed, that Francis Lawrence will take over directing duties for "Catching Fire" after "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross dropped out due to time constraints.

Lawrence, who was born in Austria and was raised in California, previously helmed the 2011 romantic drama "Water For Elephants," "I Am Legend" and the 2005 movie "Constantine."

"Catching Fire" is set for release on Nov. 22, 2013.

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