Oo, they almost had it. While we’ve filled you in on the more specific details of who could’ve portrayed Katniss Everdeen before Jennifer Lawrence snagged the part and who was almost cast as Finnick Odair before Sam Claflin scored the role, we figured we’d save you the time trying to find out all the other actors who could’ve played Peeta, Gale and the rest of you favorites from the Suzanne Collins book-turned-movie franchise, and compile ’em all into one convenient spot.
From Evan Peters to Kristen Bell to John C. Reilly, here are 18 stars you didn’t know almost starred in The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and/or Mockingjay:
Evan Peters as Peeta Mellark
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the American Horror Story actor auditioned for the role prior to Josh Hutcherson was cast.
Alex Pettyfer as Peeta Mellark
In an interview with Access Hollywood, the I Am Number Four stud revealed that he met with the producers of the film, but was 'undecided' and waiting to see a script just before they announced J.Hutch's casting.
Hunter Parrish as Peeta Mellark
After he lost out on the role of a lifetime, there was talk of him portraying Finnick Odair, too. "If they'd consider me, I'll be there," he said.
Lucas Till as Peeta Mellark
He starred opposite Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class, plus he looked exactly like Suzanne Collins described the character in the book, but neither helped him win the coveted part.
Alexander Ludwig as Peeta Mellark
Don't feel too bad for the kid — he ended up with a great consolation prize: the role of Cato!
Liam Hemsworth as Peeta Mellark
Same can be said for Liam — he scored the part of Gale! NBD.
Robbie Amell as Gale Hawthorne
According to Just Jared Jr., the cutie was eyeing a few roles in the film adaptation before he tweeted that he was reading for Gale. None of it worked out, but it's something to think about.
Drew Roy as Gale Hawthorne
He was a fan favorite to play Four in Divergent too, but we all know how that turned out.
David Henrie as Gale Hawthorne
Yes, the Wizards of Waverly Place star was actually a contender. Can you imagine??
Chris Massoglia as Gale Hawthorne
It's a shame for him that he didn't get in... considering no one really knows his name now.
John C. Reilly as Haymitch Abernathy
Prior to the announcement that Woody Harrelson would portray Katniss & Peeta's mentor, JCR was rumored to play the beloved character.
Romeo as ???
Before Catching Fire was released, Mr. Miller said, "I actually just met with Lionsgate about that, so you may be seeing me in one of the Hunger Games. That's all I'm saying. Not a particular role, we just had a meeting, seeing if it was something I was interested in. I can’t really talk too much, or they'll kill me. You know how The Hunger Games is."
Mia Wasikowska as Johanna Mason
Although many suggested that she was up for the part soon filled by Jena Malone, her reps said she "has neither been approached for the role, nor would be able to play it given other film commitments she has for 2012." Hmm...
Zoe Aggeliki as Johanna Mason
The Swedish model's name was dropped the same time as Mia's.
Photo: Facebook (Zoe Aggeliki)
Kristen Bell as Johanna Mason
She actually hand-wrote a note saying "Kristen Bell 4 Johanna Mason." Aww.
Tony Shalhoub as Beetee
The Monk star was a supposed frontrunner, but in the end it went to Jeffrey Wright.
Kevin Durand as Brutus
Well, at least he got to flex his muscles in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones after Bruno Gunn took home the part.
Lily Rabe as Commander Lyme
Like her American Horror Story co-star, Evan Peters, Lily was also up for a part in the big franchise — only she actually snagged the part! However, she was forced to drop out due to a scheduling conflict with a previous commitment to Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare at the Park.
She has since been replaced with Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie.