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Casting 'Hunger Games' Peeta: Who Were The Contenders

12/19/2011 01:29 pm 13:29:05 | Updated Feb 18, 2012

Casting for Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen may have been tough, but casting fellow tribute Peeta was even harder! Although many of Hollywood's hottest hunks (including a few current Hunger Games actors) were interested in the role, the part was eventually given to Josh Hutcherson.

As a part of Celebuzz's countdown to Hunger Games' release on March 23, we're taking a look back to see who auditioned for Peeta Mellark. Click through the gallery above to find out who nearly made it into the arena with Jennifer Lawrence!

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