'The Hunger Games': Elizabeth Banks in talks, Thresh and Rue cast

thg-casting-update.jpgFans of "The Hunger Games," meet your District 11 Tributes: Newcomers Dayo Okeniyi and Amandla Stenberg.

EW reports that Okeniyi and Stenberg have joined Jennifer Lawrence (Katniss), Josh Hutcherson (Peeta) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale) in the highly-anticipated film as Thresh and Rue. In Suzanne Collin's dystopian novel, Thresh is the intimidatingly strong tribute who ends up helping Katniss in a surprising way and Rue is her ally in the arena.

In other "THG" casting news, Variety reports Elizabeth Banks is in talks to join the film. The character she'll play? Effie Trinket, the pink-haired handler for the District 12 tributes, Katniss and Peeta.

"The Hunger Games" is set to hit theaters on Mar. 23, 2012. 

What do you think of this casting news, Zappers? If Banks does play Effie, who would you like to see play Haymitch?
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