Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen)
Who she is: Lawrence shot to fame in 2010 with her Sundance hit “Winter’s Bone,” about a young girl from the Ozarks trying to track down her father. The breakthrough role earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress. Next, she’s set to costar with Mel Gibson in “The Beaver” and take on the role of Mystique in “X-Men: First Class.”
‘Hunger Games’ persona: Katniss is a resourceful teen living in Panem’s District 12. Before being chosen to fight to the death in the Hunger Games, Katniss spends her time hunting illegally and trading goods on the black market with her best friend Gale to help feed their families.
Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark)
Who he is: He’s just 18, but Hutcherson has already enjoyed a long career with films like “Bridge to Terabithia,” “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and, most recently, the Oscar-nominated film “The Kids Are All Right.”
‘Hunger Games’ persona: A baker’s son, Peeta is District 12’s male “tribute” who develops a close bond with Katniss during the games.
Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne)
Who he is: Though he had multiple-episode stints on “Neighbours” and “The Elephant Princess” and was in “Knowing” with Nicolas Cage, he’s probably best known for being the on-again-off-again boyfriend of pop star Miley Cyrus and starring alongside her in “The Last Song.” His brother Chris is playing Thor in “Thor.”
‘Hunger Games’ persona: Gale is the best friend and hunting partner of Katniss Everdeen in District 12, one of the poorer districts in Panem. When Katniss was 12 and he 14, both of their dads died in the same mining accident. They’ve grown close over the years and make a good team, especially with his skill for setting traps and Katniss’ accuracy with a bow.
Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen)
Who she is: The New Mexico actress is a relative newcomer with a TV movie (“Beyond the Blackboard”), a TV show appearance (“In Plain Sight “) and a short film (“Las Vegas New Mexico 1875 “) in her short list of credits.
‘Hunger Games’ persona: Prim is the catalyst of it all. She is everything to her older sister, Katniss Everdeen, and Katniss would make any sacrifice for her.