April 19th, 2011
03:06 PM ET
"The Hunger Games" is adding a few more players.
According to The Wrap, actress Elizabeth Banks ("W," "30 Rock") is close to signing a deal to join the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' futuristic trilogy. Banks is being eyed for the role of flaky, pink-haired executive Effie Trinket, who works on the fight-to-the-death, gladiator-like games in which heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) participates.
Meanwhile, newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi have both signed on to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stenberg will play Rue, a 12-year-old who becomes Katniss' ally, while Okeniyi will portray the physically strong and intimidating Thresh.
The duo join Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who have already been cast as Katniss' fellow competitor/love interest Peeta and childhood friend Gale.
"The Hunger Games" is slated to arrive in theaters March 23, 2012.
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