The long-awaited “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” has its Mags — and it’s not Melissa Leo.
“Lynn Cohen is Mags!” Elizabeth Banks, who plays Capitol crony Effie Trinket in the popular series, crowed on her blog early Monday morning. Lionsgate confirmed Cohen’s casting late last week.
Cohen, whose previous credits include “Sex and the City” and “Munich,” among others, will play the aging former Hunger Games winner who becomes important to heroine Katniss Everdeen over the course of the series’ second installment.
That was news to Leo, who was rumored to be a contender for the role.
Such is the mess where Elizabeth Banks finds herself in “People Like Us,” which hits theaters this Friday. Here, she plays Frankie, a single mom trying to make ends meet. Starring alongside Banks is Chris Pine as Sam, the half-brother Frankie’s music-producing dad chose over her and her mother. After their father dies, Sam entangles himself in the lives of Frankie and her son, all the while wondering when to reveal his true identity — and the bag of cash he’s been dragging around with him.
Of course, Banks is only playing a part — one of many this year. On top of “People Like Us,” the actress also starred in “The Hunger Games,” “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” “Man on a Ledge,” and had a recurring role on NBC’s “30 Rock.”
Banks recently sat down with Moviefone in New York to answer our burning (sorry) questions about “Catching Fire,” “People Like Us,” and reveal the particular set of skills she has that would help her as a Hunger Games tribute.
Elizabeth Banks has been a busy woman this year: she has already appeared in three films and several episodes of “30 Rock,” with “People Like Us” and “Pitch Perfect” coming up. Her schedule shows no signs of slowing down, either, with several projects listed on her IMDb page for 2013.
However, one movie of hers that may notbe coming to a theater near you is “Frank or Francis.” Banks told Moviefone that the highly anticipated film, written and directed by Charlie Kaufman, is currently at a standstill.
“We didn’t get to shoot that movie,” she said during an interview ahead of the release of “People Like Us.” “It was ready to go, and, as many movies do, it fell apart at the last minute.”