Four Hunger Game Movies? Yes! And Johanna Gets Chosen
I heard it first on this morning’s Today Show. And gossip king Perez Hilton reports the same breaking news. While The Hunger Games books are a trilogy, the story will be transformed into four movies. The last book, Mockingjay, will be broken into parts one and two. Smart move to stretch out this killer series as long as possible. We get more Katniss, Peeta, Gale and Finnick! (If they’re alive, that is. I don’t want to spoil anything.) Really, can anyone ever have enough Katniss Everdeen?
As you know, Twilight filmmakers did the same with the twin movies Breaking Dawn and Breaking Dawn Part 2. (Bella vamps up on November 16.) I’m sure it’s a money-grubbing issue, but I don’t mind. I get really into these angsty teen flicks, and I’m thrilled to drag my long-suffering husband to yet another one.
In other Hunger Game news, the character of Johanna Mason, the axe-wielding tribute from District 7, has been cast for the second movie Catching Fire. The girl who tells Katniss, “Go ahead. Try it. I don’t care if you are knocked up I’ll rip your throat out!” will be played by Jena Malone. (Sorry, Kristen Bell.) Sulky, scary Malone, best known as Gretchen from Donnie Darko, is actually kind of perfect for the part. But I’ve read a lot of blogs on the topic, and not everyone agrees.
It will be awhile before we see Malone and Jennifer Lawrence (aka Katniss) scheming in the next installment. Word is, they’ll start filming Catching Fire soon. But Finnick still hasn’t been cast! Who’s your pick for the hunky tribute? I’d kill to see Hunter Parrish go into the ring.
Photo/Official Hunger Games website by Lionsgate