The character of Johanna in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire has yet to be cast, and we began wondering, what if one of the three most famous actresses, Demi Lovato 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 Demi Lovato 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 know a lot of people really want another actress like Jennifer Lawrence to play the role of Johanna, but since it isn’t announced yet, we are looking at young actresses, like Demi Lovato, who are not only fans of the series, but also similar in appearance to the character.
When it comes to reasons why I thinks she could, a few things comes to mind.
One thing that strikes me, is that Demi seems like a strong woman. She has been through a lot over the last few years and has braved it despite all the critism. I definitely think she could play the hardened, strong young woman.
Demi is also 19, but unlike Selena she looks older, not younger. I think we could reasonable believe her to be in her early twenties.
Also, she is not as petite as the other actresses. I think if she did the rigorous training Jennifer Lawrence did, then it could be believable that she is an axe wielding warrior woman. She could easily bulk up for the role, but still be slender and beautiful.
As it is described in the novel, Johanna having wide set brown eyes and short brown hair, if they dyed Demi’s hair a little lighter, since she already has dark brown hair, (and of course cut it short), she would also match the description.
Out of all the “Disney girls”, Demi strikes me as the most able to play the role.
Reasons why she couldn’t play the role is similar to Selena. We have never seen her play a role like this before. I don’t know how good her acting chops are, and I am not sure if she would be able to pull off both the mean, sarcastic part of Johanna as well as the weakling she portrayed her self in the Arena.
Damon: This is a tough one to write because of some of the past issues Demi Lovato has faced. Let me preface all of this by saying I am a HUGE Demi fan so don’t read into anything in a negative way like some people like to do.
I think she is actually a perfect fit for Johanna in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire for a number of reasons. I will go with the first one being that Demi Lovato tweeted was a huge fan, which you can see over at Optionated.
She also has the warrior shoulders for someone that could play Johanna, not petite like Selena Gomez discussed first. Plus with all of the things that Demi has gone through in her life I think she could pull off the Johanna personality a bit better, she is not a bubbly like some other actresses. I am also a big fan of Demi’s acting ability (and miss her on Sonny with a Chance).
When we get back to that older sister that does not like you, I think again I can see her pulling that off, not that I think she is mean at all, just that she has a bit more range than some of the other Disney stars when it comes to something a bit darker. I mean I would like to see Miley but we know she has she would not do it because of Liam so I leave my Disney pick with Demi Lovato as well.