‘Catching Fire’ Casting: Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki Eyed for Johanna Mason in ‘Hunger Games’ Sequel (PHOTOS)
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.
Likewise, Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson reported that he too has not been offered the Odair role. During the Cannes Film Festival, the 26-year-old actor took time to address recent rumors of him being casting in the film franchise.
“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.’”
Although still in the pre-production stages, the Suzanne Collins adaptation is already seeing a few new faces.
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.
Need a refresher on the series? Check out Celebuzz’s very own Taryn Ryder breaking down the book — chapter by chapter — in our Hunger Games recap, below.
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