On the one hand, I have to tip my cap to the producers of Alex Cross for having the guts to cast against type — but there are limits. Case in point: Tyler Perry as homicide detective/psychologist Alex Cross.
Now, I know Morgan Freeman — who played Cross in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider — was considered too old compared to the character in James Patterson’s books, but I haven’t read them, so I don’t know if Perry is closer to the character on the page, but he doesn’t work for me onscreen. He’s just too doughy-looking to be a screen cop, and I keep expecting him to bust into a funny voice or come around a corner in drag. It’s kind of a wonder that Martin Lawrence wasn’t cast as the bad guy!
Entertainment Weekly broke some great news about that Hunger Games sequel, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, specifically that Jena Malone (HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, Sucker Punch) is being considered for the key role of Johanna Mason, the wily victor of a previous Hunger Games.
Johanna’s weapon of choice is the axe, since she hails from District 7, which specializes in lumber. She won her game by pretending to be a helpless weakling — until she moved in for the kill! In the novel, the character is described as possessing “a wicked ability to murder.”
Jena would be perfect for this role, because she can play very vulnerable, and, with her thin frame and young face, she can look meek, too. But Jena is also wiry, and she kicked trainloads of ass as Rocket in Sucker Punch! No one would doubt that Jena’s Johanna is a threat! Jena definitely has the acting chops to play a terrific foil for Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen.