The Hunger Games craze just keeps getting bigger and bigger as the first in the book trilogy moves closer to big-screen adaptation on March 23. By now you've probably seen The Hunger Games trailer, but how much do you know about the actors and the characters they'll be taking on? Whether you're a fan of the novels or just getting in on the hype, meet the cast that will be bringing the film to life — and learn a bit more about their onscreen counterparts.
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen
The actress: 20-year-old Lawrence broke out thanks to her Oscar-nominated turn in last year's Winter's Bone; she'll also appear in X-Men: First Class.
The character: Protagonist of The Hunger Games, Katniss is a tough teenager with an undying loyalty to her family and a talent for hunting. She grew up in the post-apocalyptic world of Panem where food is scarce and the corrupt government in the Capitol sends teenagers into a battle to the death for sport. Katniss sacrifices herself to enter the Hunger Games in the place of her little sister Prim, who's chosen by lottery.
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Stanley Tucci as Caesar Flickerman
The actor: Tucci has showed his range in films like Easy A, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Lovely Bones, and seems to pop up in virtually every movie these days.
The character: Flickerman is the charismatic host of the Hunger Games, who interviews each of the candidates before they head into the arena.
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Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket
The actress: Banks is known mostly for her comedic roles on shows like Scrubs and 30 Rock, as well as films like Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Definitely, Maybe.
The character: Effie is a bubbly (almost nauseatingly so) woman who makes the Hunger Games tributes announcement and escorts Katniss and Peeta to the Capitol for training.
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Woody Harrelson as Haymitch Abernathy
The actor: Harrelson has been around forever, getting his career started on Cheers and recently scoring an Oscar nod for The Messenger.
The character: A former Hunger Games victor from District 12, Haymitch is required to coach the tributes from his district each year (much to his chagrin). Haymitch spends most of his time drinking and acting surly, but he's a survivor and a strategist at the core.
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Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark
The actor: Hutcherson has been acting since childhood, but he recently got attention for his role as Laser in The Kids Are All Right.
The character: Kindhearted Peeta is the son of District 12's resident bakers; he joins Katniss as the male tribute in The Hunger Games and it's quickly revealed that he has feelings for her.
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Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne
The actor: Brother of Thor's Chris Hemsworth, Liam had his first major movie role opposite Miley Cyrus in The Last Song.
The character: Gale is Katniss's best friend, who has dreams of running away to escape the Capitol's regime. Though he can have any girl he wants, he and Katniss have some serious sexual tension.
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Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen
The actress: 10-year-old Shields is a relative newcomer to Hollywood.
The character: Primrose, better known as Prim, is Katniss's 12-year-old sister with whom she has a very close relationship.
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Paula Malcomson as Mrs. Everdeen
The actress: Irish actress Malcomson has appeared on a slew of TV shows including Sons of Anarchy, Caprica, and The Event.
The character: Mother to Katniss and Prim, Mrs. Everdeen is a healer who suffered a breakdown after the death of her husband, forcing Katniss to take care of the household.
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Wes Bentley as Seneca Crane
The actor: Most of us remember Bentley as the teenage filmmaker who watched a plastic bag dance in the wind in American Beauty.
The character: Seneca Crane is the Head Gamemaker (i.e. the creator) of the 74th Hunger Games, the one in which Katniss and Peeta are selected.
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Isabelle Fuhrman and Alexander Ludwig as Clove and Cato
The actors: You may remember Fuhrman as the terrifying Esther from Orphan, while Ludwig appeared in Race to Witch Mountain (and was up for the role of Peeta!).
The characters: Cato and Clove are the male and female tributes from District 2, both of who are nasty and ruthless.
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Jack Quaid and Leven Rambin as Marvel and Glimmer
The actors: Quaid is the son of Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid; Rambin has appeared on Grey's Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and All My Children.
The characters: They're the male and female tributes from District 1 who prove to be formidable opponents in the arena.
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Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg as Thresh and Rue
The characters: Both Okeniyi and Stenberg are relatively new to the Hollywood scene, with a handful of small roles between them.
The characters: They're the male and female tributes from District 11; both play vital roles in Katniss's experience in the arena during the games.
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Jacqueline Emerson as Foxface
The actress: The Hunger Games marks Emerson's first major film role.
The character: Though the name of the female tribute from District 5 is never revealed, Katniss gives her the nickname "foxface" due to both her sly behavior and her fox-like face.
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Lenny Kravitz as Cinna
The actor: Better known for his musical talents than his acting, Kravitz has been rocking out since the '90s. He does have one major acting credit though: he had a memorable role as a nurse in Precious. The character: Cinna is selected to be Katniss's stylist for her interviews and events before entering the arena for the Hunger Games. Though the rest of his team is wacky and outlandish, Cinna is more down to earth. Gentle and wise, he quickly becomes a friend and confidante to Katniss.
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Donald Sutherland as President Snow
The actor: He's been in films and television for almost 50 years and has won countless awards through his career. The character: President Snow is the villain of The Hunger Games, the leader of Panem. He's also the mastermind behind the games, and more of a presence than a main character.
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originally posted on POPSUGAR Entertainment