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Elizabeth Banks has been rumored for the part of Effie Trinket in the upcoming film adaptation of The Hunger Games, according to new reports.

A buzzed-about cast already features Jennifer Lawrence as lead character Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Liam Hemsworth as Gale.

The rumor of Banks as Effie, a flaky bureaucrat who escorts her district's young death-match contestants to their fate, was first reported by Variety.

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Lionsgate would not confirm whether Banks will be joining the film, based on the bestselling young-adult novel (the first in a hit trilogy) by Suzanne Collins.

The Hunger Games takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, one boy and one girl from each district are chosen to fight to the death in a televised event.

Banks has already taken on one huge new role this year: Mom. She and hubby Max Handelman welcomed a son, Felix, by gestational carrier in March.

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Two more roles in The Hunger Games have been filled.

Lionsgate has confirmed that the parts of Rue and Thresh of District 11 have officially been cast - Dayo Okeniyi will play strong and quiet District 11 tribute Thresh, while Amandla Stenberg will play Katniss Everdeen's young ally Rue.

Photos of these two relative newcomers ...

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These two look the part(s), but as far as acting chops, they're unproven. Doesn't mean they won't pass muster, of course. Everyone starts somewhere.

The pair joins Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth, who recently won the roles of Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne, respectively, in the new film.

The gorgeous, talented Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss, of course.

Who's still left to be cast? One major part - the role of Haymitch Abernathy, the only living Hunger Games winner of District 12 - is still vacant.

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Jennifer Lawrence cannot WAIT to star in The Hunger Games.

The actress says that while she may not look much like the way Katniss Everdeen is described in the book series, she was a big fan long before she was cast as the character in the film adaptation and can't wait to bring her to life.

She hopes her own Hunger Games fanhood will help, as well. "The cool thing about Katniss is that every fan has such a personal relationship with her, they know and understand her in a singular way," she says. "I'm a massive fan, so I get it."

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Director Gary Ross and author Suzanne Collins have spoken out in defense of casting Lawrence as Katniss, despite the perceived physical differences.

"She's incredibly powerful, brave, and tough, and yet she has great tenderness and complexity," says Jennifer, who earned an Oscar nod for Winter's Bone. "It was very humbling hearing that Suzanne and Gary feel I embody those traits."

Other traits she says she embodies? Grittiness and toughness:

"I was a cheerleader for six years, but I have a totally competitive side. I'll wrestle anyone at any time. I was the manliest cheerleader. I had the lowest voice."

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Liam Hemsworth, best known for being in The Last Song and Miley Cyrus' pants, will now be seen in the wildly-anticipated film adaptation of The Hunger Games.

Hemsworth has been cast as Gale Hawthorne, the close companion / secret hunting partner of Katniss Everdeen, the lead character played by Jennifer Lawrence.

Think these two will make a formidable on-screen tandem?

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CASTING GAME: Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth will star alongside Jennifer Lawrence in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of The Hunger Games.

The casting news was confirmed by E! Online. Whether or not Liam and Miley are back together has not yet been independently verified, but stay tuned.

Meanwhile, coming off a critically-acclaimed role in The Kids Are Alright, up and comer Josh Hutcherson won the highly sought-after part of Peeta Mellark.

The role of Peeta, the brave baker's son who enters the games with Katniss, was rumored to be filled by others, included Alex Pettyfer and Hunter Parrish.

Didn't happen for them. Think Josh Hutcherson will be a good fit as Peeta? What about Liam as Gale? Sound off on these casting moves in the comments.

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The casting rumor has become an official reality for Jennifer Lawrence.

The Wrap reports that this Oscar nominee has been confirmed as Katniss Everdeen, the heroine at the center of Suzanne Collins' best-selling novel series. Lawrence will star in a planned film trilogy that will include The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay.

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The role of Katniss caps what has been an incredible year for Lawrence. The 20-year was a relative unknown just a few months ago and then rose prominence in Winter's Bone.

She beat out such other young Hollywood stars as Chloe Moretz, Lyndsy Fonseca, Saoirse Ronan and Emma Roberts for the part.

What do you think of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss?

 

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Has The Hunger Games found its Peeta Mellark?

Sources tell E! News that Weeds star Hunter Parrish is in serious negotiations to take on the male lead in this anticipated movie franchise. He confirmed to the site last night that he has "met the producers" and would be "grateful" for the opportunity.

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Parrish hasn't seen a script for the film based on Suzanne Collins' bestselling novel trilogy yet, but it's one of the most sought after roles in Hollywood. (Alex Pettyfer is also under consideration to play Peeta.) Jennifer Lawrence is the leading contender to portray Katniss Everdeen.

Said Parrish of the outpouring of support he's received on Twitter: "You don't get much better than that. The true fans of the book. So regardless of whether I'm a part of the film or not, I feel honored to just sort of be thought of."

What do you think? Would this 23-year star be a good fit as Mellark?

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With The Hunger Games casting rumor mill spinning wildly - Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? - a young actress on a hit show wants to make it clear: she'll take the lead role!

"Katniss is such an incredible character," Troian Bellisario told E! News this week."She is in such a creatively beautiful world and such dire circumstances, but she’s also such a strong girl that’s becoming a woman and I would love to play that."

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The Pretty Little Liars star hasn't auditioned, but says:

"I know that we’ve been talking to the people about at least getting me in the room. And the fans have been really supportive in my lust for that role and I just hope that they keep voicing their opinions.”

What do you think of Bellisario as Katniss? Would she be a good choice?

 

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The Twilight Saga just started filming its final two movies. Harry Potter and company will say goodbye this fall.

Don't worry, though, there's a new movie franchise on the way to take the place of these iconic adventures: The Hunger Games, the first book in a trilogy about young men and women who fight to the death in front of a worldwide audience, will hit the big screen next year.

Casting is underway for this sci-fi, futuristic thriller, with fans chiming in on their ideal choice for the story's heroine, Katniss Everdeen. The leading contender, according to E! News and other sources? Jennifer Lawrence.

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The studio is reportedly "very interested" in the recent Oscar nominee. Other actresses under consideration include Dakota Fanning and Chloe Moretz.

What do you think, Hunger Games fans? Would Lawrence make a believable Katniss, provided she dyed her blonde hair dark, of course?