Jennifer Lawrence was chosen to play Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of The Hunger Games . At the time, she had already been nominated for the Oscars, in 2011, for Winter's Bone . A very coveted role since nearly 30 actresses auditioned to play the tribute of District 12. Among them? Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Emma Roberts, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Troian Bellisario but also Shailene Woodley (future star of Divergente ) and Kaya Scodelario (later seen in the saga The Labyrinth ).
The Hunger Games: the actresses who almost played Katniss
Josh Hutcherson almost got the role of Peeta stolen by another actor in the franchise: Alexander Ludwig who plays Cato in the first film also auditioned for the role as did Hunter Parrish ( Weeds ), Lucas Till ( MacGyver ) and Evan Peters ( American Horror Story ). Fan of the character, Josh Hutcherson had contacted the production to try his luck. Like what, the nerve, it can work!
The Hunger Games: the actors who almost played Peeta
Two years before The Hunger Games , Liam Hemsworth had already been talked about in The Last Song with Miley Cyrus, but it was the saga that made him known more internationally. A role that could have passed him under his nose! David Henrie ( Wizards of Waverly Place ), Robbie Amell ( Upload ) and Drew Roy ( Falling Skies ) had also tried their luck.
The Hunger Games: the actors who almost played Gale
Mentor of Katniss and Peeta in the first film and present thereafter, Haymitch Abernathy is played by Woody Harrelson but the actor is not the only one who has been approached for the role. In April 2011, many media announced that actor John C. Reilly, whose movie roles have been counted, was in talks to play Haymitch. It is not known exactly what happened but the announcement of the casting of Woody Harrelson was made a month later.
Hunger Games: John C. Reilly almost played Haymitch
Much loved by fans of the novel, Finnick Odair, the winner of District 4 who returns to the arena in the second film is played by Sam Claflin. Three other actors were in contention against him: Garret Hedlund, Taylor Kitsch ( John Carter ) and Armie Hammer ( Call Me By Your Name ).
The Hunger Games: the actors who almost played Finnick
Jena Malone gave everything for the role of Johanna Mason! The actress currently featured in the film Antebellum had a shock opponent to land the role: Mia Wasikowska. The star revealed in Alice in Wonderland was in the running but ultimately did not capture the attention of the producers.
Hunger Games: Mia Wasikowska almost played Johanna
Present from the second installment of the saga, Beetee is played by Jeffrey Wright who, subsequently, joined the cast of the Westworld series and will soon be in the film The Batman. But did you know that Tony Shalhoub was considered to play the character? Monk's star currently in The Marvelous Mrs Maisel was ultimately not chosen.
Hunger Games: Tony Shalhoub almost played Beetee
We end with Mags, played by the late Lynn Cohen. Before she joined the cast, Melissa Leo ( The Fighter ) was considered for the role.
Hunger Games: Melissa Leo almost played Mags