The Cast of 'Hunger Games' Then & Now (PHOTOS)

Michele Marin | Nov 13, 2015 Movies

Gearing up for the release of the much anticipated final film in the Hunger Games franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, it's the perfect time to take note of how far this beloved cast has come. 

With the final film debuting on November 20, 2015, here's a bittersweet look back at the cast then and now. 

 

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  • Elizabeth Banks: Then

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    In 2012, Elizabeth Banks was anything but a novice when she landed the coveted role of Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. In fact, that same year the actress starred in six films, including People Like Us and What to Expect When You're ExpectingThe Hunger Games was definitely her biggest success, however, grossing $690 million worldwide.

  • Elizabeth Banks: Now

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    In addition to working in front of the camera in the Hunger Games trilogy and other film projects, Banks launched a production company, Brownstone, with her husband, Max Handleman. Together they've produced Surrogates and Pitch Perfect 1 and 2. Banks also stars in hilarious commercials for Realtor.com.

  • Liam Hemsworth: Then

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    The hottie from down under got his start on the famous Austrian soap Neighbours in 2007, but his big break came after he moved to LA and landed a starring role in 2010's hit The Last Song. On the radar, Hemsworth snagged the role of rural District 12 hunter, Gale Hawthorne, which only further catapulted him toward super stardom.

  • Liam Hemsworth: Now

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    Hemsworth is currently taking the world by storm promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, with co-stars Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence, with whom the 25-year-old has grown especially close. In between filming The Hunger Games, he starred in several other hits, including The Expendables 2 and Love & Honor, and he was briefly engaged to Miley Cyrus, with who he split in September 2013.

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  • Jennifer Lawrence: Then

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    In a tale right out of Hollywood, Lawrence was discovered at 14 by a model scout while on vacation in New York City. Even prior to her success as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lawrence had Academy Award, Golden Globe, and SAG nominations under her belt for Winter's Bone. Regardless, the actress was nervous committing to such a hefty film, knowing the decision could make or break her career. Clearly, her judgment paid off.

  • Jennifer Lawrence: Now

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    An unbelievable talent, Lawrence not only kills it as Katniss Everdeen,  she has snagged Academy Awards  for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook, and two Golden Globes, including one for Best Supporting Actress in American Hustle — just to name a few. Considered one of the most down-to-earth celebrities in Hollywood, the beauty is also known for ruling the red carpet with her impeccable style choices.

  • Josh Hutcherson: Then

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    Kentucky-born Hutcherson started in the biz at the age of 9 when his parents moved him to Los Angeles for pilot season. He immediately snagged roles on sitcoms and even a few feature films, but while he was a working actor, his role as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games at 19 thrust him into the spotlight. 

  • Josh Hutcherson: Now

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    The actor's only small complaint about filming the Hunger Games is that it forced him to dye his hair blond. Besides starring in other feature films, including the much anticipated remake of Red Dawn, Hutcherson, who is not gay, received the GLAAD Vanguard Award for his work with LGBT communities. 

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  • Willow Shields: Then

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    After taping her Hunger Games audition from her home state of New Mexico, Shields flew in to Los Angeles weeks later for a read. She was only 11 when she made her feature film debut as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Needless to say, landing a role as Jennifer Lawrence's little sister proved a great start to her career.

  • Willow Shields: Now

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    Sporting a new trendy 'do, Shields says that she's sad to say goodbye to her Hunger Games character. One thing is certain, though, the starlet has made lasting friendships among the cast members. Off the big screen Shields also became the youngest contestant to compete on Dancing With The Stars in 2015. Now 15, her star is definitely on the rise. 

  • Woody Harrelson: Then

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    This longtime actor had many film and TV credits under his belt before landing the role of Haymitch Abernathy in Hunger Games. Harrelson's portrayal of Katniss' alcoholic adviser veered away from the depiction of the character in the book. 

  • Woody Harrelson: Now

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    Harrelson made headlines for his fashion choices at the Mockingjay, Part 2 premiere in Paris. The actor sported a T-shirt, pajama pants and dress socks (sans shoes) while his costars, who were not fazed in the least, donned sports jackets and Dior. The actor is currently in production for Rob Reiner's latest biopic, LBJ.

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  • Julianne Moore: Then

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    Moore's character, President Alma Coin, was introduced to Hunger Games fans in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Donning a grey wig and grey contact lenses, the Academy Award-winning actress known for her firey red mane brought depth to her character.

  • Julianne Moore: Now

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    One of the most talented and successful actresses of our time, Moore's latest success was winning the Academy Award in 2015 for Still Alice, in which she played a middle-aged woman going through early-onset Alzheimer's. 

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