The Hunger Games: 12 Actresses Who Could Have Been Katniss Everdeen

url-5 Unless you€™ve been living under a rock, you€™re probably aware that a young actress by the name of Jennifer Lawrence is all the rage in Hollywood at the moment. Her stratospheric rise to prominence, at the age of just twenty-two, can be attributed to a number of things, including her Oscar nominated turns in Winter€™s Bone and the Silver Linings Playbook (winning for the latter) and her down-to-earth persona. The most notable contributor, however, has been her role as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, the first film adaptation of Suzanne Collins bestselling literary series. A cold-hearted yet compassionate character, Katniss heads the film as a teenager in a dystopian America, where she and twenty three other unprivileged youngsters are forced to fight to death in the titular Hunger Games for the amusement of their society€™s wealthy. Though many commentators believed that Lawrence was either too old or too large (really?) to be believable in the role of an underfed teenager, the film was released to positive reviews, grossing nearly ten times its budget with a global take of almost $700 million and succeeding where other teen franchises tipped as successors to Harry Potter and Twilight, such as Percy Jackson, have failed. Three sequels are set to follow in the next three years, with the next, Catching Fire, out in November. Lawrence was not the only person in contention for the role, however, beating out between thirty and fifty other actresses who are believed to have auditioned for the coveted role or met with the film€™s director, Gary Ross, about the possibility of taking it. These include several who were more well-known than Lawrence at the time of the film€™s announcement, when the nevertheless excellent Winter€™s Bone was her sole film credit of note. What follows is a list of twelve individuals, in alphabetical order, whose unsuccessful efforts have been made public knowledge, and who might€™ve found themselves in Lawrence€™s current position had things gone a little differently....
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