'Hunger Games' update: Elizabeth Banks official; tributes from District 3 and 4 named
Casting for "The Hunger Games" is moving along at quite a clip. Lionsgate announced Thursday that Elizabeth Banks has sealed her deal to play the insufferable Effie Trinket, the perky escort to heroine Katniss Everdeen and her fellow tribute, Peeta Mellark, when they enter into the games.
Banks, an avid tweeter, confirmed her involvement on her feed. "Yes, And I can now confirm I'm Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games. So excited!" She continues with the common refrain uttered by the Capitol, the dogmatic government that hosts the annual games, "May the odds be ever in your favor!"
Also confirmed are the tributes for District 3 and 4. Lionsgate has named newcomers Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott to District 3, which specializes in electronics, while Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken will play the kids from the wealthy District 4.
Prescott's biggest claim to date is doing stunts for "Red Dawn's" Isabel Lucas and in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause" while Macken's stunts have spanned television shows such as "Glee" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" and features such as the recently released "The Lincoln Lawyer" and the upcoming "Battleship." Perhaps this means that these smaller parts, while light in content, will be action-heavy during the games.
-- Nicole Sperling
Photo: Elizabeth Banks. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images