Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family


Keep that Hunger Games casting dish coming! Lionsgate confirmed today that Jack Quaid (Denis and Meg Ryan's celeb-born son) and Grey's Anatomy's Leven Rambin have joined District 1 to play Marvel and Glimer. Bravo! Now, can we cast Haymitch, already?

Guess not. But we did see two newcomers added to The Hunger Games just yesterday: Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi. But their newbie spotlight is already being swiftly stolen by none other than Elizabeth Banks!

Reports have surfaced today that the 37-year-old actress is in talks to play one of the remaining—and pretty and pink-haired—prominent roles in the futuristic franchise.

And it's one we hope the new mommy won't blow—if she lands the part, that is!

The character Banks is vying for is Effie Trinket, a flashy perfectionist bureaucrat who escorts her district's young death-match contestants to their fates and works closely with the Hunger Games heroine Katniss, aka Jennifer Lawrence.

We think Elizabeth and Jennifer would look stunning side by side, no?

Lionsgate has still not confirmed that Banks is really in talks for the role, but we don't hate it! Do you?

Effie appears consistently throughout Suzanne Collin's excellent, chilling trilogy, which means that Banks would be taking on some semi-major shred of importance on a movie set for once. W didn't exactly put her on the big-time map.

The actress, who is a regular on 30 Rock, has had a number of A-list movies and costars, but no personal big movie break to date. Nope, sorry 40 Year Old Virgin sure does not count!

And remember, Banks has played Laura Bush, so isn't she kinda perfect for this creepy Hunger Games role? Think about it.

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