A little bit of late night casting news for you to send you off with pleasant dreams:
- Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) is set to join Mysterious Skin director Gregg Araki’s next film, White Bird.
- Zoe Aggeliki (R.I.P.D.) is in contention for a role in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games starring Jennifer Lawrence.
Hit the jump for more on both projects.
First up from The Playlist, Woodley will join Araki’s White Bird, which centers on a young woman whose life is turned upside down when her mother disappears. Details are few and far between for the project at the moment and casting is still underway. Woodley recently signed on to star in Smashed-director James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, in which a popular boy starts dating a social outcast as a service project. That film, based on the Tim Tharp novel of the same name, also stars Miles Teller (Project X) and Brie Larson (Scott Pilgrim vs the World).
Deadline reports that Aggeliki is the frontrunner for the role of District 7 tribute, Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yesterday, we reported that Jena Malone was in the mix to play the part, but new reports give Aggeliki the edge. Mia Wasikowska was previously mentioned as being in contention but is not actively in talks for the part. The Mason character is another tribute that must play another round of Games for the Capitol and her introduction is revealing to say the least. Look for Catching Fire to start on November 22, 2013. Check out the book synopsis below, to avoid any character spoilers:
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. [Amazon]