Oscar-winner Melissa Leo was rumored to be up for the role of Mags in Catching Fire. Melissa says she “would have liked” to play Mags. Instead, Lynn Cohen has snagged the role. The news was revealed to Leo in a recent interview with MovieFone.
“I would have liked to have done it, but it doesn’t look like it’ll be mine,” she said while chatting with Moviefone Monday afternoon, in support of her new film, “Why Stop Now.” Informed that Cohen had been confirmed as an addition to the cast, she responded, “Who? Oh, I’ll have to look her up.”
Leo said that being a part of the Hunger Games franchise was “a dear hope.” She hadn’t read the books, she told Moviefone, but the trailer for the first film excited her.
“I’m not much of a reader and that might very well be part of the reason that I did not get the role,” she said.
Of course, we don’t know what happens with auditions, negotiations, etc. I know a lot of fans were concerned that Melissa is just not old enough to play Mags. Are you happy with Lynn for the role?