Elizabeth Banks close to joining 'Hunger Games'
By Adnan Tezer Apr 19, 2011, 19:23 GMT
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Elizabeth Banks is in talks to join the cast of Lionsgate's 2012 tentpole "The Hunger Games."
According to Variety, newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi have also joined the cast.
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth have already been cast.
Gary Ross ("Seabiscuit," "Pleasantville") is directing the feature adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestselling young adult novel.
Billy Ray is writing the adaptation.
"Hunger Games" is the first in a trilogy of science fiction novels that have developed a massive global following. The other two books in the trilogy are "Catching Fire" and "Mockingjay."
Set in post-apocalyptic America, the book focuses on 16-year-old heroine Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence), who must participate in a fight-to-the-death annually televised event called the Hunger Games, which pits youths against each other.
Banks would play the role of Effie Trinket.
Nina Jacobson is producing through her Color Force production shingle with Jon Kilik.
Shooting is set to begin in the summer.
The film will open on March 23, 2012.
Banks was last seen in "The Next Three Days" with Russell Crowe.