Suzanne Collin’s The Hunger Games trilogy set the world ablaze when the first novel in the series, The Hunger Games, was released in 2008. By 2012, the series was ranked by NPR as one of the top series for young adults, coming in second to the much-beloved Harry Potter series. A year after the first book was released, Lions Gate Entertainment and Color Force teamed up to begin production for a film adaptation. The film version of The Hunger Games hit movie theaters worldwide and would attain a box office revenue of almost $700 million. Its cast, which boasted the likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, and Liam Hemsworth, among many others, was also propelled into the spotlight.
As the trilogy turned into four different movies, it seemed as if The Hunger Games had cemented its celebrity status of a book-to-film era previously occupied by and enamored with the Harry Potter and Twilight movies. It had a massive change in the movie world, even if this was something many did not realize. The Hunger Games was one of the first mainstream franchises to show a female character, Katniss, that has solid character development and wields the power to try and change her destiny. In honor of The Hunger Games‘ ten-year anniversary, here’s a look at where the cast is today.
The Hunger Games may not have been Jennifer Lawrence’s enthusiastic choice for a role, according to USA Today, but it helped turn her into a global star. Since then, Lawrence’s best movies include Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, and Joy. After a couple of recent films that did not do well, she chose to take some time off from her career. Two years later, in 2021, she returned with Netflix’s Don’t Look Up, where she played one of the lead roles alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Next, she is slated as one of the lead roles in the upcoming Red, White, and Water.
Josh Hutcherson, who portrayed Peeta Mellark in the Hunger Games series, had some smaller roles here and there before appearing in hit dystopian movie. His acting career has been quiet since the series ended, but he has appeared in movies like The Disaster Artist and Girls. He has a couple upcoming films to add to his filmography soon: Across the River and Into the Trees and the time travel thriller 57 Seconds.
Woody Harrelson has had a fairly decorated career, and momentum has continued to be in his favor. Since The Hunger Games series ended, he appeared in well-known films like The Edge of Seventeen with Hailee Steinfeld, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He also took on the role of Carnage most recently in Venom: Let There Be Carnage. Two films of his to look out for are The Man From Toronto and Triangle of Sadness.
One of the biggest questions for youths in the mid-2010s was asking if you were on Team Peeta or Team Gale — and many were on Team Gale. Liam Hemsworth, who portrayed Gale, has been fairly quiet recently. Since his breakup with singer Miley Cyrus in 2020, he only appeared in Arkansas and the action television series Most Dangerous Game. Since then, he has not been in any movies or shows.
Jeffrey Wright has turned in great performances since playing Beetee from the second Hunger Games movie and onwards. His most recent appearance is in 2022’s The Batman, but he can also be found in other blockbusters like Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, the James Bond movie No Time to Die, and HBO’s Westworld. He is set to appear in Wes Anderson’s next movie, Asteroid City, and George C. Wolfe’s Rustin.
While Elizabeth Banks may no longer be Effie Trinket, she can be called by many other names now. In 2022, she will be producing and directing the movie Cocaine Bear, which is based on the true story of a black bear that accidentally consumed a duffel bag full of cocaine. Banks also can be seen in 2019’s Charlie Angels and the FX and Hulu show Mrs. America.
Amandla Stenberg was only 14 years old when they were cast in the role of Rue for The Hunger Games. Audiences globally wept at their performance, and since then, they have appeared in myriad films and social causes. Some highlights include The Hate U Give, Dear Evan Hansen, and the upcoming Disney+ show The Acolyte. Stenberg has been publicly outspoken about the social issues and causes that they are passionate about.
Stanley Tucci’s role in The Hunger Games series is simple: he represents a mouthpiece of an oppressive government. Tucci, who has been in an incredible assortment of movies during his career, continued to star in the likes of Final Portrait, Beauty and the Beast, and the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic film I Wanna Dance with Somebody. He also hosted the food series Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, which has been renewed for a second season.
English actor Sam Claflin may have originally appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: Stranger Tides, but his role as Finnick helped his career widen. He appeared alongside Elizabeth Banks in 2019’s Charlie’s Angels, but he has also appeared in other big movies such as Enola Holmes and Adrift. He has also been cast in the upcoming miniseries Daisy Jones & The Six, which is based on the American author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s novel of the same name.