Briefly: We’ve reported a bit over the past couple weeks on the search for an actress to play the character Johanna Mason in the sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Director Francis Lawrence was said to have auditioned Jena Malone and Zoe Aggeliki in the past week and a half, and that the process led to Aggeliki being in advanced talks to play the axe-wielding District 17 Hunger Games champ.

Turns out that report, which led to many (including us) assuming that Aggeliki basically had the job, was a bit premature. THR says that Jena Malone got the offer to tplay the part, and is in talks now. Our own Angie Han was taken with the idea of Malone playing the role, rather than anyone else, noting that she has the “mix of steeliness and vulnerability that Johanna requires.” Since the role will carry over to the third film in the series, we’ll hope that Francis Lawrence has indeed chosen well.

One of the big new characters in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire is Johanna Mason, and for the past few weeks we’ve seen quite a list of actresses who have been considered for the role. Huge Hunger Games fan Kristen Bell wanted the gig, but actresses like Mia Wasikowska, Jena Malone, and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki were the ones who seemed to have the best chance of getting the job.

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The earliest The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rumors revolved around Finnick Odair, but the character that seems to be getting all the attention right now seems to be Johanna Mason. Mia Wasikowska and model/actress Zoe Aggeliki were said to be in the mix for the key role last week, but as of now Wasikowska has apparently dropped out while Jena Malone has been added to the list of candidates. And honestly, I think she may be my favorite pick yet.

Meanwhile, rapper/actor Romeo Miller (f.k.a. Lil’ Romeo) and pro wrestler Kevin Nash have both mentioned that they’re circling roles in the series, although they have not revealed which. Read more about Malone, Miller, and Nash after the jump.

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As the start date for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire nears, talk of casting is heating up. We’ve already seen several (disproven) rumors surrounding fan favorite character Finnick Odair, and Philip Seymour Hoffman got offered the part of Plutarch Heavensbee before speculation about that role even really got a chance to pick up steam. Today the focus is on the character Johanna Mason, another key figure who makes her first appearance in the sequel.

Director Francis Lawrence has been looking at both big names and unknowns for the part, as evidenced by the two first actresses named as possibilities for the role. According to a new report, Mia Wasikowska and model-turned-actress Zoe Aggeliki are in the mix to play Johanna. Read more after the jump.

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While the first Hunger Games only announced a limited IMAX run at the last minute, sequel director Francis Lawrence is embracing the format right out of the gate. Not only is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire already planning a release on the giant screens for next fall, Lawrence is actually using IMAX cameras to shoot certain portions of the film. So while we still have no idea who’ll be playing Finnick Odair, you can bet he’ll look fantastic — and huge. More details after the jump.

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Though most of the early casting rumors for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire have focused on handsome fan favorite Finnick Odair, the very first bit of reliable casting news involves a different character altogether — and, at least in my view, a much more exciting name than any we’ve heard so far for Finnick.

Various outlets are reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the part of Plutarch Heavensbee, a new Gamemaker who plays a pivotal role in the next installment of the series. More details after the jump.

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Robert Pattinson and Taylor Kitsch have already shut down rumors that they were being eyed for the key role of Finnick Odair in Francis Lawrence‘s The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Now Nina Jacobson has stepped up to cross off the other two names on the alleged shortlist, Garrett Hedlund and Armie Hammer. According to the producer, not only are the rising stars not on the shortlist, there’s actually no shortlist at all at this point. More details after the jump.

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With The Hunger Games: Catching Fire scheduled to shoot in just a few months, it’s about time for casting to get underway. And indeed, earlier this week we got word of a shortlist for one of the sequel’s key roles, Finnick Odair.

According to that report, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund were in consideration for to play the fan favorite character. However, we can now confidently eliminate one of those names from the running. Kitsch has announced directly that he will not be starring in the blockbuster YA franchise. More after the jump.

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With any popular franchise, each subsequent sequel brings new, exciting characters and The Hunger Games is no exception. In Catching Fire, the second book in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, Finnick Odair is the stand out. He’s a handsome, brash, outgoing and athletic former winner of the Games who finds himself tangled up with Katniss and Peeta. (I’ll leave it at that to avoid spoilers for now.)

When I spoke to The Hunger Games director Gary Ross before the release of the first film, he said he had some ideas on the casting of this wildly popular character. Now that’s Francis Lawrence‘s job. Fan-choice Robert Pattinson is out but, according to E! the short list contains three worthy names: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Garrett Hedlund. Read more after the jump. Read More »

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No, it wasn’t just you — Men in Black 3, entertaining as it was, made no sense at all. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that starting the shoot without a completed sequel did not help. Also after the jump:

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