The Hunger Games Cast Photos: Now & Then

The year 2012 was a simpler time. Jennifer Lawrence was not yet an Oscar winner, Dior campaign star, or household name. Josh Hutcherson was a former child star, and Liam Hemsworth was Miley Cyrus' boyfriend. Whistling was an Omar Little thing, not a Katniss and Rue thing. A dress catching fire was a major wardrobe malfunction and a serious safety hazard, not the ultimate badass party trick.

And now it's 2015, and we're packing into theaters to see the District 12 crew one final time. There will be no more stories to tell. The next generation may never know who Effie Trinket is — sacrilege! — or recognize the two-finger salute. It's sad, really.

As the curtain closes on the beloved film franchise, keep tabs on the original film's stars with this handy cheat sheet. Is it too soon to crank up Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)"?
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Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss Everdeen), 2012
Lawrence was fresh off her Oscar-nominated turn in Winter's Bone when she won the part of Katniss. Prior to that, she'd been a series regular on The Bill Engvall Show, and landed roles in The Beaver and Like Crazy.
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Jennifer Lawrence, 2015
An Oscar-winner for Silver Linings Playbook, Lawrence is now pulling in $20 million per picture. The face of Dior reteams with Bradley Cooper and David O. Russell for this Christmas' Joy, which could bring her even more Oscar glory.
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Josh Hutcherson (Peeta Mellark), 2012
With the exception of 2010's The Kids Are All Right, Hutcherson was primarily known for his childhood roles. As a boy, he starred in family-friendly fare like Zathura, Little Manhattan, RV, The Polar Express, Bridge to Terabithia, and Journey to the Center of the Earth.
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Josh Hutcherson, 2015
Now 23, Hutcherson has leveraged his Hunger Games fame into a producing career. He both executive produced and acted in this year's Escobar: Paradise Lost. His next major role is in 2017's The Long Home, directed by James Franco.
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Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawthorne), 2012
Hemsworth, a former Aussie soap star, played his big pre-Hunger Games role as Miley Cyrus' love interest in 2010's The Last Song. Life imitated art: He and Cyrus fell in love offscreen, got engaged in 2012, and split in 2013. The rest, as they say, is history.
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Liam Hemsworth, 2015
Now single and ready to mingle (so far as we know), Hemsworth is gearing up for his next major role, as the lead in next year's Independence Day: Resurgence. He's currently starring opposite Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker.
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Elizabeth Banks (Effie Trinket), 2012
The role of Capitol fashion plate Effie Trinket is a far cry from Banks' work in comedies like Zach and Miri Make a Porno, Definitely, Maybe, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin. And let's not forget her recurring role as Avery on 30 Rock.
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Elizabeth Banks, 2015
The biggest development in Banks' career has been her new role as director. The mother-of-two helmed this year's Pitch Perfect 2. This summer, she reprised her role in Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer series, and recently hosted Saturday Night Live.
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Amandla Stenberg (Rue), 2012
Stenberg's Rue proved to be a small but pivotal part. It was the 14-year-old's breakthrough performance, following her role playing a young Zoe Saldana in 2011's Colombiana.
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Amandla Stenberg, 2015
Where do we begin? Now 17, Stenberg is an outspoken advocate on feminism and issues of cultural appropriation. Career-wise, Jaden Smith's good pal voiced Bia in 2014's Rio 2 and scored small-screen parts on Sleepy Hollow and Mr. Robinson.
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Woody Harrelson (Haymitch Abernathy), 2012
Former Cheers star Harrelson already had one Emmy win and two Oscar nominations by the time he signed on to play Katniss' booze-loving advisor. Given his steady screen work in Zombieland, Now You See Me, and Seven Psychopaths, we won't call it a comeback.
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Woody Harrelson, 2015
Aside from Hunger Games, the father-of-three's major Hollywood move of late was his award-nominated performance in the first season of True Detective. He currently has a number of movies in the pipeline, including Triple 9, Now You See Me: The Second Act, LBJ, and War for the Planet of the Apes.
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Wes Bentley (Seneca Crane), 2012
Playing Capitol baddie Seneca Crane was Bentley's first huge role since his breakout in 1999's American Beauty, unless you count his turn opposite Nicolas Cage in Ghost Rider.
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Wes Bentley, 2015
Seneca was a fleeting character in the Hunger Games story, but Bentley parlayed his success into roles in 2014's Interstellar and this year's We Are Your Friends. Ryan Murphy fans will recognize Bentley from his work in the America Horror Story series.
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Willow Shields (Primrose Everdeen), 2012
Shields, pictured here in 2013, was just 12 when she scored the role of Katniss' little sister, whom Katniss saves from the Hunger Games. Before that, Shields' résumé was limited to a TV movie and a bit part on In Plain Sight.
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Willow Shields, 2015
In February 2015, Shields became the youngest competitor on Dancing with the Stars, ultimately placing seventh.
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Paula Malcomson (Mrs. Everdeen), 2012
Katniss and Prim's mother (pictured here in 2013) is a TV vet with credits from Deadwood, ER, Sons of Anarchy, and Fringe under her belt.
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Paula Malcomson, 2015
Mama Everdeen continues her TV hot streak, playing the title character's wife on Ray Donovan.
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Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman), 2012
Tucci's long been regarded as one of Hollywood's finest character actors, thanks to turns in Big Night, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Lovely Bones, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
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Stanley Tucci, 2015
The Emmy-winning actor will reunite with Mockingjay co-star Natalie Dormer in next year's Patient Zero, and will play Cadenza in 2017's Beauty and the Beast. He and wife Felicity Blunt (Emily's sister) welcomed a baby boy named Matteo in January 2015.
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Lenny Kravitz (Cinna), 2012
Let's see, what did Lenny Kravitz do before playing Katniss' wardrobe guru and biggest cheerleader? Rock star, maybe?
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Lenny Kravitz, 2015
Kravitz appeared in 2013's The Butler, and came out with an album, Strut, the following year. You may have also heard about a certain pants-ripping incident.
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Donald Sutherland (President Coriolanus Snow), 2012
The venerated actor (and father of Kiefer) has credits spanning The Dirty Dozen, Klute, Don't Look Now, A Time to Kill, and Pride & Prejudice. In other words, this isn't his first rodeo.
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Donald Sutherland, 2015
Fun fact: This year, Sutherland acted alongside his son Kiefer for the third time, in Forsaken. He's also set to appear on American Horror Story: Hotel. Prepare for things to get creepy.
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Toby Jones (Claudius Templesmith), 2012
You've seen him in Infamous, W., and Captain America, but you may have completely overlooked the British actor's most famous role: Dobby. Jones, pictured in 2013, voiced the house-elf character in the Harry Potter films.
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Toby Jones, 2015
Look for Jones in 2016's Dad's Army and Alice Through the Looking Glass. He's also currently starring in BBC's new thriller, Capital.
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