Elizabeth Banks plays escort Effie in the Hunger Games and its sequel, Catching Fire. With her painted face and brightly colored hair/wig, you can hardly make out that it’s Banks playing the character. Now, just as casting announcement on ‘Catching Fire’ have wrapped up, Banks has taken to her website (elizabethbanks.com) to comment on them.
Of Finnick Odair, which will be played by Sam Claflin, Banks says, “Sam Claflin gave me a tummy flutter in Snow White and The Huntsman so I couldn’t be happier that he’s taking on the role of Finnick Odair.”
Of Johanna Mason, played by Jena Malone, she says, “Jena Malone will play Katniss’s sarcastic frenemy Johanna Mason. She’s got grit and spunk in spades. Quote me on that.”
And lastly, for Jeffrey Wright as Beetee, she says, “The amazing Jeffrey Wright will play fan fave Beetee. We worked together on Oliver Stone’s W - he’s never less than perfection.”
She also adds that she can’t wait to get back to playing Effie, saying, “We’ll start shooting this fall, so stay tuned for more news from the set of Catching Fire. I’m excited to work with everyone in the cast, and you know I can’t wait to transform into Effie again - crazy nail art, wigs, and all.”