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Could Victoria Justice Play Johanna In Catching Fire? – Our Thoughts
The character of Johanna in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has yet to be cast, and we began wondering, what if a relatively new addition to the entertainment world, Victoria Justice, from the series “Victorious”, played the role?
The role of Johanna Mason will be a tough one to fill.
She is sarcastic and mean-spirited. Johanna’s first meeting with Katniss involves her stripping out of her tree costume in order to make Katniss uncomfortable.
She reveals that she has no friends or family in District 7, stating “there is no one left I care about.” She won her original Hunger Games by pretending she was a weakling and a coward, so no one regarded her as a threat, but when only a few tributes remained, she revealed herself as a vicious killer.
Johanna teams up with Katniss, Peeta, and Finnick in the Quarter Quell, bringing Beetee and Wiress with her, because that was the only way to ally with Katniss. Katniss describes her presence as being akin to having an older sister who hates you. Johanna takes part in the committee to keep Katniss and Peeta alive, and helps by protecting Katniss throughout the Games. Near the end of Catching Fire she removes the tracker in Katniss’ arm by cutting it out with a knife.
Johanna is captured by the Capitol at the end of Catching Fire.
Could Victoria play the role of the hardened, sarcastic and sometimes mean District 7 tribute/victor?
Note: I am assuming who plays the role in Catching Fire will play it as well in Mockingjay.
I have never seen “Victorious” so I don’t know much about the acting chops of Victoria. But I have seen her in several interviews and such. She seems like a really nice person. From what I have seen, I find it hard to picture her playing someone who is mean. Even more, someone who could easily kill people and stab Katniss without flinching.
I don’t know if she would be willing to work with the nudity either. I know they won’t show the character completely in the nude, but they will probably do some camera trickery to make it appear so and some actresses, especially when they are younger, don’t like to be associated with nude scenes just yet. So I don’t know how she would feel about that.
Mainly, she just seems so nice and innocent to play such a mean and hardened character.
She could, however, definitely pull the appearance of Johanna off. She has the dark brown eyes and the dark hair. I also think she could cut her hair short, and still look pretty and fierce. She also is only 19 years old, but I feel like she could pull off being older. I think in the right setting she could believably play an early to mid 20′s character.
Damon: You know I like Victoria Justice for the look of Johanna in Catching Fire as well. I also think she could get the warrior part going very easily, but again I have seen Victorious and I agree with the fact that I find her too nice. Could she pull it off in Catching Fire? The really bitchy attitude that Johanna needs to show?
She did do really well on The Boy Who Cried Werewolf, but we can’t really consider that horror either. It seems that she is also playing the lead role in an upcoming comedy, Fun Size, and that is where I see Victoria really shine, in the comedy role so Johanna may be a stretch for her. She may be able to pull it off, but I would have loved to have seen her in a serious role first before making that decision. The one thing I would say is that if she did get it and pull it off, we could no longer think of her as a comedy girl only. She did play in the thriller Unknown but she was pretty young at the time. So what do you think Victoria Justice for Johanna? You can read our other write ups on Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nina Dobrev, and Kristen Stewart for the role.