‘Hunger Games’ Casting Round-Up: District 5 Draws Tributes, Experts Sound-Off On Elizabeth Banks

The “Hunger Games” arena is filling up faster than ever! This week, six new tributes were reaped, including those from District 5 who were announced today. Jackie Emerson will play Foxface, who doesn’t speak in the books but stands out to Katniss in the arena, while Chris Mark will play District 5’s boy tribute. Lionsgate’s Facebook roster of tributes still has several empty slots to keep us guessing, including District 2’s Cato and Clove.

While District 3 and District 4 also had their reapings this week, the biggest casting news by far was the confirmation of Elizabeth Banks as District 12 escort Effie Trinket. Elizabeth, who has expressed some avid “Hunger Games” fandom of her own, confirmed her role via Twitter yesterday, and fan response was instant and intense. Unlike other big casting decisions for the film, which have been met with mixed feelings from the novel’s fanbase, support for Elizabeth was overwhelming.

Because we at Hollywood Crush are such thorough reporters (and such huge “Hunger Games” fans) we went to the experts for reactions to the Elizabeth-as-Effie news. The Hob’s Amanda Belcher said that Elizabeth might even prove better for the role than long-time fan favorite Kristin Chenoweth, who some worried might be too over-the-top to play Effie. “Hunger Games” Examiner Sara Gundell was happy to see an established actress in the role to balance out the many newcomers who have been cast as tributes.

Click play on the video above to hear all of their genius insights!

How do you feel about the recent “Hunger Games” casting announcements? Is Elizabeth Banks the perfect Effie? Is Foxface just what you pictured when you read the books?