It's official people. Word that cute actress Elizabeth Banks (below), star of 'Slither', 'The Uninvited' and 'The 40 Year Old Virgin' has scored the role of Effie Trinket in the upcoming adaption of 'The Hunger Games'. Banks confirmed this on a Tweet a shortwhile ago. The Gary Ross helmed project, based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins, sees the Oscar-nominated Jennifer Lawrence ('Winter's Bone') play Katniss Everdeen. Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant') also stars. As well as appearing in a number of movies over the past few years Banks also pops up in popular TV comedy series 'Scrubs' and '30 Rock'. You can check out Elizabeth's Tweet below.
"Yes! And I can now confirm I'm EFFIE TRINKET in @TheHungerGames. So excited! RT @ohpoorsam Effie Trinket!" - http://twitter.com/ElizabethBanks
"HUNGER GAMES - the first in a novel trilogy by Collins - takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of North America, in a nation known as Panem. Panem consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve surrounding, poorer districts. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol, every year one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 from each district are selected at random and forced to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event where the participants, or "tributes", must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains.
The story follows fatherless 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District 12 who volunteers for the 74th Games in place of her younger sister, Primrose. Also participating from District 12 is Peeta Mellark, a boy whom Katniss knows from school and who once saved Katniss's life by giving her bread when her family was starving."
'The Hunger Games' will arrive in theatres on 23 March 2012.
The Innocent Elizabeth Banks Becomes Effie Trinket