I never thought I’d say this, but I so want to hear Kristen Bell’s name called for the reaping.
When SlashFilm.com reported on Tuesday that the actress — currently seen cutting it up in Scream 4 — has started campaigning for a part in the eagerly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games, my immediate thought was: Isn’t the part of Effie Trinket supposed to go to Elizabeth Banks? Both would be perfect! How would could I possibly decide between the two?! Thankfully, the Veronica Mars star has made my life uncomplicated, as she’s setting her sights set elsewhere. Apparently, Bell, who is a self-proclaimed Hunger Games super fan, wants to play Johanna Mason, the cunning former Games victor and District 7 tribute. (Bell has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.) The no-nonsense Johanna finds herself in the Quarter Quell alongside HG heroine Katniss Everdeen, where the two flip-flop between their trust — or lack thereof — for one another.
Well, you don’t have to convince me, Kristen. We’ve seen the actress play a character you don’t know whether to love or hate on the big screen before (see: Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and now that I’ve imagined her as Johanna, I honestly can’t see anyone else playing the role. After all, she already knows how to kick ass on-screen (hello Veronica Mars!) and would look damn good stripping down to her skivvies (as Johanna so memorably did in Catching Fire). And for those of you Hunger Games loyalists who might point to the fact that the 30-year-old Bell is older than the book’s Johanna — who is in her late teens or early 20s — remember that 20-year-old Jennifer Lawrence also has a few years on the 16-year-old Katniss.
So, while I hope to see director Gary Ross continue to cast up-and-comers as the young tributes, I’m all for the film incorporating Bell’s star power. Plus, it certainly can’t hurt to have a Hunger Games fan in your cast.
Kristen, you’ve got my vote.
What do you think PopWatchers? Would Kristen Bell make for a good Johanna Mason in The Hunger Games?