'Catching Fire' Casting: Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki Eyed for Johanna Mason in 'Hunger Games' Sequel (PHOTOS)
With the sequel to this year's The Hunger Games in the works, rumors are already swirling as to who'll join stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson on the big screen for Catching Fire.
Recently, word has gotten out that Alice In Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska and newcomer Zoe Aggeliki are in contention of the role of Johanna Mason, a former tribute who becomes an ally with Lawrence's Katniss and Hutcherson's Peeta in the 75th annual Hunger Games. Catching Fire director Francis Lawrence is currently seeking big name actresses and lesser known talents for the part, according to Indiewire blog The Playlist.
However, there is one actor that is officially not committing to Catching Fire.
As Celebuzz previously reported, Savages star Taylor Kitsch told us that he was “definitely out” of the running for the part of Finnick Odair, another former tribute who teams up with Katniss and Peeta in the arena.
“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” he said. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.”
“(My agent) was like no one’s going to offer you that part,” he added, breaking into a laugh. “I was like, 'Thanks for the reassurance.'”
Following The Hunger Games' record-breaking open, director Gary Ross announced that he will not be continuing his work on the series and handed off the reins to Constantine's Francis Lawrence.
New reports also confirmed that producers have offered Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman the role Plutarch Heavensbee. The actor, 44, would portray the pivotal role as the new Gamemaker at the Capitol after Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) was killed off in the first film.
Reps for the Capote actor have yet to confirm the offer.