The male tribute from District 12, Peeta is the son of the local baker and harbors feelings for his Hunger Games partner, Katniss. Just as Lawrence went brunet, Hutcherson will likely dye his hair to play the blond Peeta.
Gale is Katniss’ tall, dark, and handsome best friend. The two have gone hunting together in the forbidden woods since their fathers died, and he forms the third point of the book’s love triangle.
The pink-haired, chipper Effie is the bubbly micro-manager tasked with escorting Katniss and Peeta to the Games. She’s the annoying sort who enjoys making sure every little thing goes according to plan.
Haymitch is a surviving winner of the Hunger Games, and now, 24 years later, he’s an alcoholic mess assigned to train Katniss and Peeta. Luckily, he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve.
She was a healer by trade, but when Katniss’ father died in a mine explosion, Mrs. Everdeen retreated into herself. Her grief rendered her unable to provide for her family, forcing Katniss to take up the role of breadwinner.
Prim is Katniss’ sweet, timid 12-year-old sister. It is her name that is originally drawn in the lottery for the Hunger Games — but Katniss volunteers to go in her stead.
A nimble-minded interviewer, Flickerman is essentially the Ryan Seacrest of the Hunger Games. Like many in the Capitol, he changes the color of his hair quite frequently.
Each year’s Hunger Games are conceived and constructed by a Head Gamemaker. Crane’s got the job for the 74th Hunger Games, designing a deadly arena in which Katniss, Peeta, and the other tributes must fight.
Though Katniss (and readers) won’t learn this character’s name until the series’ second book, Catching Fire, Marvel plays an important role as the vicious and very well-trained male tribute from District 1.
Glimmer is the female tribute from District 1, and, like her partner, Marvel, she is a Career Tribute. Careers usually hail from the richer districts, are trained since birth, and volunteer for the Games.
Cato is one of Katniss’ nastiest enemies, and biggest threats, in the arena. A Career Tribute from District 2, he is bloodthirsty and ruthless, unwilling to let anything— or anyone — keep him from winning.
Cato’s partner from District 2, she is an expert in knife throwing and is equally unrelenting and murderous. During the Hunger Games’ initial bloodbath, she almost manages to kill Katniss right out of the gate.
Nicknamed by Katniss for her vulpine looks, District 5’s female tribute also shares her namesake’s cunning and swiftness. Foxface refuses to speak a single word during the competition.
Thresh comes from District 11, one of the poorer districts, which specializes in farming. Although he has little training, years of agricultural work have left him extremely strong and difficult to take down.
Also from District 11, the petite Rue is the physical opposite of her partner, Thresh, but she is smart and agile. Katniss feels a strong affection for Rue, who becomes an ally, in part because she is the same age as Prim.