Elizabeth Banks is officially hungry.
The "Spider-Man" star will play the perky Effie Trinket in Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games," the studio announced Thursday.
The announcement had been long-anticipated.
Elizabeth Banks Piture.jpg” style=”border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 15px; float: left; width: 200px; height: 267px;” title=”” />Banks joins Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth in the studio's adaptation of Suzanne Collins's bestselling novels.
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“The Hunger Games” is set in a dystopic world in which teenagers are forced to participate in an annually televized fight-to-the-death events.
Lionsgate plans to release the film on March 23, 2012.
Banks, who starred in "Seabiscuit," "W," "Spider-Man" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin," among others, is represented by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.