Apr 18, 2011

Elizabeth Banks Feeds Off "The Hunger Games"

Actress Elizabeth Banks, who played 'Betty Brant' in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man", has been cast in the upcoming PG-13 rated adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Hunger Games". Banks will play escort character 'Effie Trinket', alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg.

Oscar nominated actress Lawrence ("Winters Bone") will play the lead in Lionsgate's anticipated 3-film franchise.

Director Gary Ross ("Pleasantville") will take on the big-screen adaptation of the first novel in author Suzanne Collins book trilogy, "The Hunger Games". Collins other two novels are "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay".

Screenplay For "The Hunger Games" is by Billy Ray ("Shattered Glass").

Lionsgate will release the first film March 23, 2012.

Premise revolves around 'Katniss Everdeen', a teenage girl, who is forced to represent her region in the annual 'Hunger Games' event, where participants must fight to the death.

"...In this futuristic world, traditional government has gone by the wayside and America is split into 12 regions, each of which must send contestants to this deadly battle each year."

"The Hunger Games" will start filming later this year.

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