100 Days of 'Hunger Games': A Look Back at Actresses Who Auditioned for Katniss (PHOTOS)

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A battle was already raging well before production began on The Hunger Games! Prior to Lionsgate's decision to cast Jennifer Lawrence as the female lead in the series, many of Hollywood's up-and-comers stepped forward to audition for Katniss Everdeen. In March, Entertainment Weekly reported that approximately 30 actresses were in talks for the coveted role, among which included Emma Roberts, Emily Browning, Abigail Breslin and Chloe Moretz

In the end, these starlets may have talent but the odds were just not in their favor. Click through our gallery to see who almost became The Girl On Fire!

For co-starJosh Hutcherson, Jennifer was the perfect actress to play HG's protagonist. 

“Jennifer’s portrayal of Katniss is so spot on,” he told Celebuzz. “She really does encapsulate Katniss’ strength as a heroine perfectly. She to me is the one that stands out immediately.”

Adding onto Josh's plethora of praises for Jennifer, director Gary Ross only had compliments for the actress as well. When it was announced that he had casted the 21-year-old as Katniss, he gushed to Entertainment Weekly about her audition, saying:

She came in and read for me and it just knocked me out. I don’t want to go into too many details, but we did a scene from the movie and it was so amazingly powerful that it was sort of stunning. You glimpsed every aspect of the role and the potential of the whole movie.

With The Hunger Games' release less than 100 days away, Celebuzz wants to make sure our readers are up to speed before diving into the highly-anticipated flick. Make sure follow us through the 100 Days of Hunger Games by clicking “Like” on our Facebook and bookmark our Hunger Games page for the latest news. We'll have more HG goodness for you tomorrow and every day until March 23!

 

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  • Kim
    Kim

    She does look a bit like Jennifer in the film

  • hungergameslover
    hungergameslover

    She's very pretty but I don't think she'd make a good Katniss. I'm glad they picked Jennifer

  • bla
    bla

    i like emma roberts, but she doesnt look right for the role

  • lorain
    lorain

    NO gosh, she can barely act! She couldn't have made the jump from a stupid pregnant teen to a strong smart girl like katniss

  • lorain
    lorain

    she looks too sweet

  • lorain
    lorain

    anyone but her! she's so disney! Her looks and her voice and the way she acts! She doesnt look tough enough to play Katniss

  • Amber
    Amber

    NO WAY! When I read the books i DID NOT picture Katniss like this. The only feature that resembles katniss is her hair

  • Chany
    Chany

    She doesnt look like a kitniss to me

  • Chany
    Chany

    She could have been a VERY good katniss but Jennufer is the best!!! :)

  • Whatever
    Whatever

    That "girl" was nominated to the oscar of best actress when she was 8. I know jennifer was also nominated and i dont have anything against her but dont talk about a big teen icon of hollywood when you dont know who she really is.

  • Amber
    Amber

    wtf are you talking about!? We are all entitled to our opinions but that is going too far.She isn't ugly, she is amazing.Your just jealous your not a pretty as her.

  • jhner
    jhner

    How dare Emma Roberts audition for this part. Fuck off, fragile little bitch. You couldn't act to save your life.

  • Macarena
    Macarena

    Yeah you know it, for Johanna she is perfect! like in Nikita!!

  • Macarena
    Macarena

    look, Katniss must grow up fast because she needed help his family, so 21 years old are okay because is a mature face, like she for his 16 years old. For me Jennifer Lawrence is perfect for the movie.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    She can't act her way out of a paper BAG.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    EW. no, she is too ugly to be katniss.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    Johanna, yes, Katniss, NO.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    No way, Kaya is NO Katniss.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    No way, Chloe could have been PRIM, but not Katniss! It would have been TOO weird co-starring beside Liam anyhow, THINK ABOUT IT.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    oh my goodness, ugly girls hatin on Jenny. I'm a girl and even I know she's hot. get over it, she's Hot Katniss, and this little girl isn't.

  • Katnaii
    Katnaii

    effin hate emma roberts. i wouldn't have watched it if she got the part.

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous

    I'm pretty sure Jennifer was PERFECT for the part. It was made for her

  • Barbora
    Barbora

    Why didn't they choose her? Jennifer Lawrence is the biggest mistake i ever seen :/

  • Barbora
    Barbora

    She is perfect Katniss

  • LINH
    LINH

    i originally wanted emily browning for katniss, but jennier isn't too bad either!

  • Lilly
    Lilly

    She would be good for Johanna Mason!!

  • anonymous
    anonymous

    I love jennifer Lawerence!!!!!!!!!!!! couldnt be more perfect!!!

  • anonymous
    anonymous

    got a problem???

  • katnaii
    katnaii

    you hate her because she's damn fine and you're not.

  • Courtney
    Courtney

    What are you talking about? She's 15. o.O Katniss is 16, so I believe 14 - 20 would have been a better fit. Although 21 is ok, I think Jennifer looked a bit too mature and well fed to be Katniss, although she did do an amazing job acting-wise.

  • angie
    angie

    jennifer should not of gotten the part. i think someone else should of got it

  • lizzy
    lizzy

    i wish abigail got the part:/ i hate jennifer lawrence!

  • Nicaela Raegan
    Nicaela Raegan

    Yes, i agree!! I think there couldn't have been anybody better for the part of Katniss!!! Jennifer Lawrence suits the part very well!!!!!

  • Brittany Pickett
    Brittany Pickett

    Im not saying shes not a good actress, but how did she get an audition. I can understand not having the same hair color or eye color as the character because those things can be changed, but shes a completely different ethnicity.

  • Kitten Karloso
    Kitten Karloso

    I woiuln't really split hairs here, guys. Katniss is also supposed to have a darker complection, but I suppose "white-washing" is easier for the public to understand?

  • Grace813
    Grace813

    yeah she really is a terrible actress. out of all these choices i am definitely happy with Jennifer.

  • ruff
    ruff

    i like her wayyy better than Jennifer Lawrence!!!! but i guess Josh Hutcherson is too short for her

  • faisl94
    faisl94

    jennifer is perfect for the part !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Diana
    Diana

    WHY didn't Chloe get the role? WHY?! Chloe's a good actress. Katniss was supposed to be 16 years old. Jennifer Lawrence is like waaaay too old. :/

  • qwertyuio
    qwertyuio

    Kaya is a perfect kattniss.

  • Leigha
    Leigha

    I think Jennifer Lawrence is the perfect Katniss. If any of the other girls got it, i don't think they would have properly suited the role. Especially Abigail Breslin or Emma Roberts since they don't seem to have the strong and heroic side like Jennifer Lawrence displays.

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    Thank god she wasn't chosen. She looks like a druggie

  • Miranda
    Miranda

    She is WAAAAAAY too young

  • Ronnie11
    Ronnie11

    How did this bitch even got an audition? Lol.

  • Ronnie11
    Ronnie11

    Is this a joke? Why is she here? Random. So random.

  • Ronnie11
    Ronnie11

    Katniss is TOUGH. Emma looks so girly and fragile. Plus she's not THAT good of an actress.

  • malin
    malin

    i like emma but but i dont think she would potray katniss very well. jennifer lawrence is looks amazing as katniss btw !

  • Melanie
    Melanie

    I really don't like Emma Roberts so I'm sooo happy she didn't get the part!

  • Jane
    Jane

    i wish emma roberts got the part. i love her!

  • Cara
    Cara

    I've watched Hanna and Saoirse could have pull off that Katniss role better base from the trailer of this movie. She looks the part too with the nearly emaciated look.

  • meow
    meow

    she would have been sick as katniss, she can kick some ass in nikita

  • meow
    meow

    shouda been kaya

  • Joshua Yamada
    Joshua Yamada

    At First I was hoping that Saoirse Ronan or Hailee Stienfeld would star as The Girl who was on Fire, but after I saw Winter's Bone, I was completely convinced. Jennifer Lawrence is not the perfect Katniss, She is Katniss! [img]http://www.celebuzz.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/17/Jennifer_Lawrence_as_Katniss_Everdeen_The_Hunger_Games_promotional_photo_01-340_490.jpg[/img]

  • iamcasey723
    iamcasey723

    I would have really liked to see Emma Roberts in the Hunger Games but, either way, I can't wait to see the movie:)