In The Hunger Games, two dozen teenagers from the twelve “districts” of Panem are put into a deadly arena to battle it out to the death. But aside from the lead characters of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) – and a few fan-favorites like the sprightly young Rue (Amandla Stenberg) – how much is actually known about the so-called tributes who are selected for The Hunger Games?

If you’re not a fan of the Suzanne Collins’ novel, then the answer is likely ‘nothing at all.’ But no worries, we now have a way for you to get to know the main players who will be featured in the film.

Vanity Fair has posted a new interactive photo featuring the young cast of The Hunger Games looking dapper in some outfits that look like they’re straight out of a J. Crew catalog (it is Vanity Fair, after all). While these tributes may look all “summer fun” in the photo you see now, those happy smiles and pristine garments won’t be what you find in the actual Hunger Games film. Once the melee begins, those pretty young faces will all be bruised, battered, bloody, and cut-up, as these kids try to slaughter each other to win honor and rewards for their respective districts.

Click on the image below to get a look at the interactive photo, which explains the name of each featured tribute, the district they’re from, their skills and background, as well as biographical info about the actor playing the role, and finally, a quote about what it is like being a part of this potential hit film franchise:


For a look at the full cast of tributes, click any of the links below:

Seeing the featured tributes side by side manages to dispel some of the concerns that have been expressed in these Interweb chat threads. The biggest revelation is that Alexander Ludwig (who will play brutish “Career Tribute” Cato from District 2) is indeed bigger and bulkier than his co-stars. Many fans of the books have been complaining that Ludwig is too frail to play the physically-imposing Cato – guess that’s why it’s better to wait for something like a cast photo before jumping the gun with half-informed complaints…

SPOILER ALERT! Not all of those kids are going to make it to the finish line of these games. But who will make it out (and to the inevitable sequel) alive, and who will be nothing but a bloody memory left smeared across the grounds of the arena?

You’ll have to find out the answer to that question when The Hunger Games hits theaters on March 23, 2012.

Source: Vanity Fair