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Katniss Everdeen  For starters, Jennifer Lawrence was only 12 in 2002 — luckily, Kristen Bell (who was 22 in ‘02) was still playing teenagers at the time, and would go on to star as a 17-year-old in Veronica Mars not two years later. Despite this casting opportunity that’s obviously amazing in retrospect, at the time audiences barely knew who Bell was, and casting directors would have likely gone with 10 Things I Hate About You star Julia Stiles (a badass in her own right), Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku or Josie and the Pussycats leading lady Rachael Leigh Cook.Better Now or Then? Our apologies to Dushku fans, but we can’t see anyone but Lawrence in this role at this point.
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Katniss Everdeen
For starters, Jennifer Lawrence was only 12 in 2002 — luckily, Kristen Bell (who was 22 in ‘02) was still playing teenagers at the time, and would go on to star as a 17-year-old in Veronica Mars not two years later. Despite this casting opportunity that’s obviously amazing in retrospect, at the time audiences barely knew who Bell was, and casting directors would have likely gone with 10 Things I Hate About You star Julia Stiles (a badass in her own right), Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku or Josie and the Pussycats leading lady Rachael Leigh Cook.
Better Now or Then? Our apologies to Dushku fans, but we can’t see anyone but Lawrence in this role at this point.

Read more: What If the Hunger Games Movie Had Been Made 10 Years Ago?