Hunger Games Actors Who Auditioned for Different Roles in the Film Series
As with the Harry Potter actors, the Hunger Games stars will forever be embedded into our minds as their Panem characters. But back before Lionsgate found the perfect cast, there were many questions about which celebrity should play this role. And while many outside actors tried out to play Katniss, Peeta, Gale and the rest of the THG crew, some of its own stars actually got shuffled around, too.
Liam Hemsworth as Peeta?! Alan Ritchson as Finnick?! What the actual heck?! Keep reading to see all the Hunger Games stars who originally auditioned for a different role in the movie franchise.
1. Liam Hemsworth (Gale) auditioned for Peeta — At this point, we’re OB-SESSED with Liam as Gale Hawthorne. But years ago, before any of the coveted Hunger Games roles were cast, he had a different character on his mind — Peeta Mellark. Miley Cyrus’ ex told MTV back in 2011 that he read the script and was up for either role, but could “see himself taking on the role of Peeta.” Sorry, Liam; we couldn’t!
2. Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) auditioned for Katniss — When she was just 14 years old, Isabelle Fuhrman wrote a letter to director Gary Ross asking to audition for Katniss. And while she was able to go in for the tryout, she was simple too young for the role. About a week later, the producers called and asked if she’d be interested in reading for a different part, Clove, and she obviously jumped at the chance.
3. Alexander Ludwig (Cato) auditioned for Peeta — Even though the 23-year-old actor said the role of Peeta Mellark came down to “[him], Josh Hutcherson and one other kid,” director Gary Ross felt that he wasn’t right for the character. He liked Alexander so much, however, that he unexpectedly asked him to read for Cato one day with absolutely no practice. Terrifying? Yes. Worth it? Absolutely.
4. Alan Ritchson (Gloss) auditioned for Finnick — You probably recognize Alan as the super-sexy (and intimidating) Gloss from Catching Fire, but you probably didn’t realize he was one of the many actors who were originally up for the role of Finnick Odair. He told DaMan magazine, “I felt a connection to this character [Finnick]. I understood him and I auditioned for this role for Deb Zane, who was the casting director of the movie. When I didn’t hear back from her, I did what I wouldn’t recommend other actors to do: I wrote her a letter. A couple of months later, I got a call from Deb, offering the role of Gloss. It was interesting to me how that came about.” You said it, Alan!
5. Stephanie Leigh Schlund (Cashmere) auditioned for Glimmer — When Stephanie went in to audition for the first THG film, she hadn’t read the books. “I knew nothing about the franchise and I had no idea what I was doing,” she told MTV News. “The script did not make any sense to me without the series, so I just floundered the audition. And then, when I saw it in theaters, I was like, ‘Oh, crap. I think I messed up.'” So, to redeem herself after the effed-up Glimmer audition, she dove into the series and became a true Hunger Games fan. The actress was elated to get another call to read for a different role in Catching Fire — Cashmere — and the rest is history.