Elizabeth Banks Has Been Cast As Effie Trinket In ‘The Hunger Games’


Yesterday we learned that newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi have been cast as District 11 tributes Rue and Thresh (respectively) in the big screen adaptation of The Hunger Games. Previously we learned that Josh Hutcherson & Liam Hemsworth have been cast as Peeta and Gale (respectively) and Jennifer Lawarence has been cast in the lead role as Katniss Everdeen. Today we learn from Variety that actress Elizabeth Banks has won the role of Capitol bureaucrat Effie Trinket in the film.

Elizabeth Banks is in talks to star in “Hunger Games” as Effie Trinket, the flighty bureaucrat who wrangles the young death-match contestants to their fates, Variety’s Justin Kroll exclusively reports. Also joining the cast are Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi, who will play Rue and Thresh. Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are already attached as leads to the project based on the wildly popular books, which Lionsgate hopes will be Hollywood’s next “Twilight”-sized phenomenon.

Excellent, excellent casting. I don’t usually tend to have images in my mind of book characters that correspond with real life actors … but I can see how some actors turn out to be perfect representations of the characters I had envisioned in my mind. When I think of Effie, I think the the sparkle in her eye, the perfection of her hair and the sweetness of her face … all characteristics that Elizabeth Banks possesses. I think she will make an excellent choice for the role. I also loved the casting of unknown actors for the roles of Rue and Thresh. I honestly still don’t see Peeta in Josh Hutcherson (cuz my heart was set on the already blonde Hunter Parrish) but, overall, I am happy with the casting of The Hunger Games thus far. Are you? What do y’all think of Elizabeth’s casting as Effie? There are still a lot of roles left to cast … who do you think will be next?


  • loriannakim

    I think EVERYONE saw Hunter Parrish as Peeta : ( but ive always like Josh so i will give him a chance. the same goes for liam, who i cant take that seriously considering his involvement with Miley Cyrus. Im terrible, i know. please dont judge! lol. However, im so excited about the casting for Rue, Thresh as well as Effie. Cant wait for more casting and im really looking forward to the sequels casting because of finnick lol!

    Anyway, i hope you will finish the last book soon, Trent, so we can all know what you think about it! I love the last book, however sad and depressing it was in some parts : (

  • Madeleine

    I saw Effie as about 20 pounds heavier (50s pinup body and hair, but a definite future dystopian style), but damn, this is the first casting news I’ve thought to myself, ‘Yeah, I can actually see that!’.

  • Jackie

    I’m happy with Elizabeth as Effie. I had Miranda Richardson in my mind as I read the series, but Elizabeth will be great too I think.

  • Alexandra

    Another good surprise after Rue and Thresh. These three work for me. Still not happy about Katniss, Peeta and Gale though.

  • BriK

    LOVE EB! Great news :) Agree Hunter Parrish should have been Peeta :(

  • Brady

    Thats wierd josh hutcherson seems like a perfect pik to me I love him and elizabeth as effie… Perfect now if only we had a bettr Katniss. I was hoping for chloe moretz!

    • @Brady — “Thats wierd josh hutcherson seems like a perfect pik to me” Really? Isn’t Peeta blonde? Why not go with a blonde actor — like Hunter Parrish?

    • wendy

      I think even more important than him being blond (they can dye his hair!) was his ability to have that easy charm that Peeta has… I totally think Josh Hutcherson can pull that off. Plus Peeta (at least in my mind) is more “cute” than hot and Hunter Parrish might be too classically handsome.

    • @wendy — HMMM … yes, in the end it’s all a matter of personal taste. Not everyone is going to agree on attractiveness. In the end, it doesn’t really matter … the decision has been made.

    • JeniLee

      Hair can be dyed. The casting decision I was disappointed with lookswise was Jennifer. Katniss has olive skin. JL most def does not

    • JeniLee

      Hair can be dyed. The casting decision I was disappointed with lookswise was Jennifer. Katniss has olive skin. JL most def does not

  • Andrea

    I thought Kristen Chenowith would have been a great Effie. But I think Elizabeth Banks will be great.

    • Kathi

      Totally agree – I pictured Kristen in the role the entire time I read the book – but I think Elizabeth will do well and she is the first casting announcement for the movie that I’m not disappointed with.

    • LC

      Was totally thinking the same thing!!

  • Val 2.0

    For me, Cinna is the make or break character. He was my favorite.

    • @Val 2.0 — Yes, I am so curious to see how they bring Cinna to life. I’m also counting VERY MUCH on a hot Finnick wearing his next-to-nothing Tribute costume in Catching Fire ;)

  • Val 2.0

    @Trent I couldn’t help but to see Finnick as the blonde guy from Glee. I don’t watch the show, so I don’t know his name. Gold bikini from the Rocky Horror Picture Show ep. I saw the pics on your site and couldn’t think of anybody else in that role.

    • @Val 2.0 — NOOOOO! Not Chord Overstreet. His trout pout is not sexy. I think he has to be hot like Trevor Donovan from 90210. Not him exactly, but someone that hot.

    • Joan

      Ohhhhhhhh, inspired choice, Trent! I don’t think it’ll happen, but wowza! LOL Elizabeth Banks has been my favorite casting so far, definitely!

      Still waiting for Haymitch and Cinna! Crossing my fingers for those two.

  • Baybridget

    I imagined Effie older but I love Elizabeth Banks!

  • Ashley

    Someone on youtube mentioned Kristin Wiig for Effie and now that’s who I see everytime I think of the character. They also suggested Robert Downey Jr. for Haymitch which would be freaking. awesome.

  • Jim

    Should be a great role for her. I am just excited that I get to watch her in another movie! What a fox!

  • Mandy

    When I picture Haymitch, I see Philip Seymour Hoffman. LOL.

  • Le3

    OMG she’s perfect for Effie!