THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE
ELIZABETH BANKS (Effie Trinket) has become one of
Hollywood's most sought after and versatile actresses. She has appeared in What
to Expect When You're Expecting, Man on a Ledge opposite Sam Worthington and
People Like Us opposite Chris Pine and Michelle Pfeiffer.
She will soon be seen in Walk of Shame, a comedy about a news anchor whose
attempt at a dream job promotion is jeopardized by a drunken night out. The film
also stars James Marsden and Sarah Wright and will release on March 14, 2014.
She has also lent her voice in The Lego Movie releasing on February 7, 2014.
Banks is currently in production on Little Accidents opposite Boyd Holbrook.
Sara Colangelo wrote and is directing the feature adaptation of her 2010
award-winning short film of the same name which premiered at the 2010 Sundance
Film Festival about a woman whose life spirals downward after a town is left
devastated following a mining accident. She recently wrapped production on the
independent film, Love & Mercy directed by Bill Pohland which will take an
unconventional look at the life of the celebrated leader of The Beach Boys,
Brian Wilson, and his legendary battle with mental illness. She recently wrapped
production on Every Secret Thing directed by Amy Berg and based on the
best-selling novel by Laura Lippman. The story follows a detective who looks to
unravel a mystery surrounding missing children and the two young women who are
She was recently seen in Universal Pictures' Pitch Perfect, which released on
September 28, 2012. Banks produced the film with her husband, Max Handelman,
through their company, Brownstone Productions. The cast includes Anna Kendrick,
Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson.
In August 2011, she was seen in Our Idiot Brother opposite Paul Rudd, Emily
Mortimer and Zooey Deschanel, directed by Jesse Peretz. Our Idiot Brother and
The Details premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2011 and were
both purchased for distribution by The Weinstein Company.
She also starred opposite Russell Crowe in The Next Three Days, directed by
Paul Haggis, in 2010. In 2008, Banks received critical acclaim for her role as
'First Lady Laura Bush' opposite Josh Brolin in Oliver Stone's W. The impressive
cast included James Cromwell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn and Jeffrey
Wright. In Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Banks (Miri) and Seth Rogen
(Zack) played two broke friends who decide to cure their financial ills by
making an X-rated movie.
Banks' additional feature credits include her breakthrough roles in the award
Academy Award winning films Seabiscuit, in which she starred as 'Marcela
Howard' opposite Jeff Bridges and Tobey Maguire, and in Steven Spielberg's Catch
Me If You Can. She has also appeared in Role Models, Meet Dave, Invincible, The
40-Year-Old Virgin, Fred Claus, Sisters, Slither, Heights, The Baxter, The
Trade, Ordinary Sinner, The Uninvited, Daltry Calhoun, Sexual Life, John
Singleton's Shaft with Samuel L. Jackson and the cult hit Wet Hot American
Summer starring Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce. She also appeared as
journalist 'Betty Brant,' a role that director Sam Raimi created for her, in
Columbia Pictures' three blockbuster Spider-Man films with Tobey Maguire as the
On the small screen, Banks earned a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2011
for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance as 'Avery
Jessup' on 30 Rock. She has also appeared on ABC's Modern Family and in a
recurring role as 'Dr. Kim Porter' on NBC's Scrubs. In 2007 she appeared in the
CBS mini-series Comanche Moon, Larry McMurtry's prequel to Lonesome Dove.
In addition to producing Pitch Perfect, Banks also produced Disney's 2009
sci-fi thriller The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis.
Upcoming projects for Brownstone include Tink, a Disney live-action romantic
comedy in which Banks will star as the title character of 'Tinkerbell;' Forever
21, a Dreamworks comedy which Banks will star in and produce and Too Far From
Home, a Universal film about three astronauts who were stranded on the
international space station.
Her extensive theater credits include many roles in American Conservatory
Theatre productions, as well as the Guthrie Theater's production of Summer &
Smoke directed by David Esbjornson. In 2006 Banks played 'Cherie,' the female
lead in William Inge's comedy Bus Stop, as part of the Williamstown Theater
Originally from Massachusetts, Banks received her Bachelor's Degree from the
University of Pennsylvania and her Graduate Degree at the American Conservatory
Theater. She currently resides in Los Angeles.
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