UPDATE: According to the lovely lady herself, she has indeed landed the role and not a moment too soon. I was beginning to think that Jennifer Lawrence would be the only person in the movie to sex things up. Banks should be able to help her shoulder the burden. My only complaint is that I won't know who to ogle over more when they're sharing the screen together. I lead a tough life, I know.
EARLIER: Elizabeth Banks can do virtually everything. Comedy or drama, film or TV, acting or producing: there's no job in the entertainment field she's incapable of mastering. And even though she's got a gaggle of projects of her own in the pipeline, she's now circling a role in Gary Ross' adaptation of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games (just like everyone else in the business these days). It would mark the first reunion between the director and star since 2003's Seabiscuit.
According to Variety, Banks is negotiating for the role of Effie Trinket, a "flighty bureaucrat who wrangles the young death-match contestants to their fates." If cast she would join Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi in Lionsgate's future franchise hopeful. I have not read the novel yet, but my colleagues here at the Hollywood.com offices believe that Banks is a spot-on pick for Trinket.
As previously stated, I can watch Banks in anything and I'm a firm believer that she's one of the best talents we have in showbiz at this time, so her involvement in what's sure to be a huge hit is a great move for her and a major coup for the filmmakers.
The Hunger Games, the first film in a planned trilogy, is set to hit theaters on March 23rd 2012.