20 Actors Who Were Almost in The Hunger Games

Since 2012, we’ve come to know and love the cast of The Hunger Games. Could you imagine anyone better than Jennifer Lawrence to portray victor-turned-rebel-leader Katniess Everdeen? We sure can’t. But one star of another YA movie series was actually considered for the part! Did you know that 3 actors were in the running for Finnick Odair and none of them got the role? Read and see which other actors were up for the roles in this post-apocalyptic series.

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Dakota Fanning
Dakota Fanning
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Role: Unconfirmed
This Twilight Saga: New Moon star had a chance at being in this film series, but her previous child star success knocked her out of the running. Producers were looking someone fresh-faced in Hollywood.
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Shailene Woodley
Shailene Woodley
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Quite a few actresses read for the part of Katniss and were considered, but untimately didn’t get it, but went onto to star in a different series. After Shailene lost out on this part, she later became the face of the Divergent series.

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Evan Peters
Evan Peters
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Role: Peeta Mellark
Evan Peters was one of the first people seriously considered for the role of Peeta, but thankfully he didn’t get it, or else we wouldn’t have spent the last few years falling in love with him every season of American Horror Story.

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Emma Roberts
Emma Roberts
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Like her ex-fianceé Evan Peters (though they are dating again), Emma Roberts was highly considered for this role. But she didn’t make the cut and we think that might have been the best. She seems more cut out for her role on Scream Queens.

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Alex Pettyfer
Alex Pettyfer
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Role: Peeta Mellark
Alex met with the producers over at Lionsgate about the role, but said in an interview that it was still undecided and he was waiting on a script. Looks like they decided, because while he waited, they cast Josh Hutcherson for the role.
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Lucas Till
Lucas Till
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Role: Peeta Mellark
Lucas auditioned for this role shortly after he got the part for X-Men: First Class, but he wound up losing out on the part.

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Hailee Steinfeld
Hailee Steinfeld
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Hailee Steinfeld was a fan favorite for the role of Katniss Everdeen. She met with director Gary Ross and even confirmed at the Oscar’s that she was being considered (ouch, that must have burned when she didn’t get it).

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David Henrie
David Henrie
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Role: Gale Hawthorne
It was rumored that this former Wizards of Waverly Place actor was on the list of actors considered for play Katniss's District 12 best friend.

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Kaya Scodelario
Kaya Scodelario
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Kaya read for the role of Katniss and tweeted her disappointment when she didn’t get the part. Lucky for her, she’s now the female lead in The Maze Runner series.

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Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Chloe lost out on the role of Katniss to J. Law, but she did get a hand in the young adult book-to-movie world with If I Stay.

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John C. Reilly
John C. Reilly
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Role: Haymitch Abernathy
It was rumored, before Woody Harrelson got the role, that this Stepbrothers actor was going to be offered the role.
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Garret Hedlund
Garret Hedlund
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Role: Finnick Odair
Back in 2012, E! News reported that casting for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was underway and the choices for Finnick were narrowed down to 3 men, one of which being Garret.
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Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch
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Role: Finnick Odair
This Friday Night Lights actor was the 2nd actor that E! News had reported was in the running for Finnick.
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Armie Hammer
Armie Hammer
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Role: Finnick Odair
And Armie Hammer was the 3rd - but none of these three actors (Armie, Taylor Kitsch, and Garret Hedlund) were given the part. Sam Claflin landed the coveted role and we think that the studio made the best choice here.
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Romeo Miller
Romeo Miller
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Role: Unknown
The man formerly known as Lil' Romeo met with casting directors while they were gearing up for Catching Fire. He never confirmed what role, and even joked that they would kill him if he told, but unfortunately that role never panned out.
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Tony Shalhoub
Tony Shalhoub
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Role: Beetee
This Monk star was so close to being Beetee, everyone thought he'd signed his contract and was set to start filming. However, things change and the role wound up going to Jeffrey Wright.
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Abigail Breslin
Abigail Breslin
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
Abigail was one of the front runners for the role of Katniss. She was actually considered at the same time as Jennifer Lawrence, but they wound up choosing someone a little older for this part.
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Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
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Role: Peeta Mellark
The Avengers: Age of Ultron star went out for the role of Peeta among many other actors with bigger names at the time and sadly he didn't get the part, but we think he did fine with his superhero roles.

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Robbie Amell
Robbie Amell
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Role: Gale Hawthorne
The Duff star was still making a name for himself in Hollywood when he auditioned for the role of Katniss's best friend Gale.
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Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan
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Role: Katniss Everdeen
She read for the part of Katniss, but sadly didn’t get farther than that. However, she did land the lead in The Host (the film based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Meyer).

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