ByLuke Gordon Smith, writer at
Your friendly neighborhood Movie Pilot writer.
Luke Gordon Smith

The Hunger Games series has recently risen in popularity over the past several years with the release of the movie versions of the books. And with the upcoming release of the third movie installment, it got me thinking, who else would have played the girl on fire, if not Jennifer Lawrence. These are 10 of the choices that surprised me the most.

10. Abigail Breslin

'Final Girl' [Credit: Cinedigm]
'Final Girl' [Credit: Cinedigm]

This actress read for the role as Katniss Everdeen, but wasn't chosen. She expressed that she loved the books and she was sad that she was not chosen for the role.

9. Emily Browning

'Sucker Punch' [Credit: Warner Bros.]
'Sucker Punch' [Credit: Warner Bros.]

Another actress that read for the role was Emily Browning. This singer/actress would have added a very different feel to role, but who doesn't love Jennifer Lawrence?

8. Kaya Scodelario

This fan-favorite for the role was slightly passed by Jennifer Lawrence. Many people thought that she was going to get the role when she announced on Twitter that she had received "a certain script for a film based on a book."

7. Lyndsy Fonseca

'RePlay' [Credit: Verizon go90]
'RePlay' [Credit: Verizon go90]

This soap opera star almost stole the role from Lawrence. She was one of the final choices for the role but was just passed up. I think she would have made a great Katniss, but I guess we will never know.

6. Shailene Woodley

'Divergent' [Credit: Lionsgate]
'Divergent' [Credit: Lionsgate]

This Divergent star was one of few that auditioned for the role, but wasn't chosen. She said herself that Jennifer Lawrence was better for the role, and I agree.

5. Chloe Grace Moretz

'The 5th Wave' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
'The 5th Wave' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]

This Kick-Ass star, would have definitely added a different twist that Jennifer did, but I think it would have been a good one. She is one of the few stars that were closer in age to Katniss than Jennifer was.

See also:

4. Jodelle Ferland

This actress probably wanted the role the most, I mean, she dressed as Katniss for Halloween. You can't get much more serious than Halloween.

3. Saoirse Ronan

'Brooklyn' [Credit: Fox]
'Brooklyn' [Credit: Fox]

This Irish actor said that she was reading for the role. But didn't say anything else, which lead us to believe that she didn't make it that far.

2. Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee is another actress that is closer to the age of Katniss that Jennifer. She said that she met with the director of the Hunger Games in 2011, but didn't hear anything back.

1. Emma Roberts

This actress auditioned for the role of Katniss back in 2011, but as we all know, didn't get it. I don't really think she looks much like Katniss, but I guess it's just a book, so we really don't know what the characters look like.


Which actress surprised you the most?


Latest from our Creators