With Reporting by Josh Horowitz
Watch out, Marvel Universe: Ms. Banks wants to save you.
Elizabeth Banks, the actress behind the glamorous Effie Trinket in the "Hunger Games" series, could have made her first Marvel appearance in "Guardians of the Galaxy," director James Gunn's space epic that's still lighting up the box office after many weeks in theaters. Speaking with MTV News at the Toronto International Film Festival for her new movie, "Love & Mercy," Banks revealed that she approached Gunn, a friend of hers and former collaborator on the thriller "Slither," for a role.
"I wanted to play Gamora," she said, "and then he didn't want to cast me. And I totally get it, because Zoë [Saldana] is great!"
Apparently, Gunn wanted to go "in a different direction" than casting Banks as Gamora. Even still, Banks has nothing but kind words to say for both "Guardians" and its director — and its star.
"It's so entertaining," she said of the movie. "[Gunn] is one of my favorite people in the whole world. I knew he was going to knock it out of the park, and he did. And Chris Pratt? He was premo. He's the new Harrison Ford."
So, what of the future? Given that Marvel is on her radar, can we expect to see Banks in a "Guardians" sequel? She certainly knows there are other Guardians out there, even though there's only one on her mind: "I would just want to do the Groot."
However, if you're listening, Ms. Banks, there's another role that you just might knock out of the park…
…Captain Marvel. Come on, you can see it, can't you?
Who should Elizabeth Banks play in the Marvel Universe? Would she have done well as Gamora? Can you see her as Captain Marvel?