Trade news outlet Variety is reporting that The Hunger Games movie which is being directed by Gary Ross is looking to up the ante one more notch by adding another not only beautiful but incredibly talented actress to the mix. We already know that Jennifer Lawrence is going to star as Katniss but now comes word that Elizabeth Banks of Slither and Zack & Miri Make a Porno fame is in final negotiations to star in the film as well. She is slated to play the role of Effie Trinket one of the key players in the books and clearly a major role in the upcoming films. I can not think of a better casting choice!
“The Hunger Games” chronicles a dystopic Capitol which requires its twelve subjugated districts to pay tribute in the form of a teenage boy and girl, forced to participate in the annual “Hunger Games,” a fight-to-the-death live televised event. Katniss Everdeen’s little sister is chosen in the lottery to participate and Katniss volunteers to take her place.
Although persevering through hardship is commonplace for Katniss, she must start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love in order to win the games and return home. The Hunger Games novel has been on the New York Times best seller list for over 100 consecutive weeks. Foreign rights for the book, published by Scholastic have been sold in 41 countries. Lionsgate will release “The Hunger Games” on March 23, 2012.