According to The Playlist both Wasikowska and Aggeliki are currently being looked at for the role of Johanna. Director Francis Lawrence is reportedly contemplating whether to cast a big name actor or a virtual unknown. With all the rumors surrounding the film's casting I would normally advocate exercising caution but the site was the first to report that Gary Ross wouldn’t be returning for a sequel. Wasikowska has previously been seen in Jane Eyre and The Kids Are All Right while Aggeliki has yet to appear in any feature roles. She does have choice roles in the upcoming Ryan Reynolds film R.I.P.D. and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, though.
Johanna is one of the competitors in the 75th Hunger Games and becomes a close confidant of Katniss. She plays an important role in the sequel and in the third and final novel, Mockingjay. She something of a fan favorite amongst readers so the casting of the role is naturally receiving its proper due.
Reportedly Aggeliki is the front-runner at the moment but nothing is final. Production is scheduled to kickoff soon so we should have final confirmation fairly soon. No word yet on the role of Finnick which has seen virtually every young, blonde, Hollywood actor mentioned at some point or another. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22nd, 2013.
Running Time: 2 hrs 22 min
Release Date: 23 March 2012 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images - all involving teens
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth
Directed by: Gary Ross
Written by: Gary Ross (screenplay), Suzanne Collins (screenplay/novel)
Lionsgate announced that a film adaptation of Catching Fire will be released November 22, 2013, as a sequel to the film adaptation of The Hunger Games, which was released March 23, 2012.
Lionsgate has announced the film's November 22, 2013 release date with principal photography to take place in summer/fall 2012. The shooting timeframe was co-ordinated between Lionsgate and Fox, in order to allow time for star Jennifer Lawrence to shoot the sequel to Fox's X-Men: First Class in January 2013.
On April 10, 2012, it was announced that Gary Ross, the director of The Hunger Games, would not return due to a 'tight' and 'fitted' schedule. On April 19, 2012, it was announced that Francis Lawrence was offered the director position for the film. According to sources, the adaptation must be done filming by December 2012 to fit Jennifer Lawrence's schedule. Lionsgate officially announced Francis Lawrence as the director for Catching Fire on May 3, 2012. Two days later, it was reported that Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, Little Miss Sunshine) is in talks to re-write the script for Catching Fire. On May 24, 2012, the film was renamed The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
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