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Let the games...continue. 'Catching Fire,' the second installment of 'The Hunger Games' movie franchise based on the books by Suzanne Collins, is currently casting for book two's characters. Obviously Jennifer Lawrence will be returning as Katniss, but recently another warrior-like brunette was added to the fray. Actress/model Zoe Aggeliki is leading the pack in contention for the role of Johanna Mason; apparently edging out 'Sucker Punch's Jena Malone. Who's Johanna Mason, you ask? Here's a description...
"Johanna Mason is the female victor of an unidentified Games from District 7. She also gets reaped for the third Quarter Quell. She was one of the youngest tributes in the Quarter Quell. She is the last living female victor of District 7, whose principal industry is lumber. It is hinted in Catching Fire that all of Johanna's loved ones were killed by President Snow and the Capitol after her Games"
Katniss herself even describes Johanna as possessing a "wicked ability to murder." So she's an axe-wielding former champ with a knack for hacking and a big chip on her shoulder? Sounds like an intriguing character to me. I'll admit that I haven't read these books yet, but I like what I'm hearing about Johanna Mason. As to the casting, I'm sort of at a loss. There's no denying Aggeliki is a pretty face, but no one has seen her in anything yet. She's lined up to be in 'R.I.P.D.,' an action comedy about undead police officers that sounds at least partially inspired by 'Dead Heat,' but it's impossible for me to comment on her acting abilities. My hope is that she wasn't just chosen for her looks, as 'The Hunger Games' gave us characters so much stronger and more fascinating than they were just pretty. Obviously I need my more well-read Spillios to help me out here.
What do you think of this casting choice? Is the studio gambling too much on untested talent? How much impact will this character have on the events of 'Catching Fire?'