First look at Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket in 'The Hunger Games' -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

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In another canny move to whet the appetites of Suzanne Collins’ rabid fans, Lionsgate will release a series of posters featuring the major characters from their feverishly anticipated adaptation of The Hunger Games on Friday. Until then, EW has the exclusive first look at Elizabeth Banks in all the garish splendor of Effie Trinket. (See it after the jump!) Pink wig, possibly askew? Check! A feverish glint in Banks’ eye betraying Effie’s otherwise officious manner. Check!

For the uninitiated, Effie is series heroine Katniss Everdeen and her District 12 counterpart Peeta Mellark’s tinny and willfully oblivious handler as they navigate the reaping and Capitol. “Happy Hunger Games!” she cries out happily to the crowd of terrified children awaiting to hear who gets sent off to fight for their lives in the Arena. “And may the odds be ever in your favor!” She’s a wonderful comic turn of a role, with great layers of menace and vulnerability. And as thrilling as it is to see this first glimpse of Effie come to life, and as much as I’ve always been a fan of Banks’ enormous comedic chops, I feel like I need to hear Banks’ voice in character. It’s Effie’s boiling-over-with-enthusiasm trilling that grates so on Katniss and Peeta as they prepare for battle. She is like your most high-strung, possibly dangerous, occasionally endearing relative at intense family gatherings. She needs everything to go just perfect or she could very well snap. Hey wait, that last part makes her sound like us Hunger Games fans as we fuss and squeal over every new scrap of movie news.

Other Hunger Games character posters here:

Katniss (Yahoo!) – Jennifer Lawrence
Peeta (MTV) – Josh Hutcherson
Gale (Moviefone) – Liam Hemsworth
Rue (Teen.com) – Amandla Stenberg
Haymitch (IGN) – Woody Harrelson
Cato (MSN) – Alexander Ludwig
Cinna (Fandango) – Lenny Kravitz

Read more:
First look at the men of ‘The Hunger Games’
First look at Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in ‘The Hunger Games’
‘Hunger Games’: New Photos!

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  • KVKC

    More like Lady Gaga am i rite

    • Cygnus

      Other than the Effie poster, the other just look like the actors with nothing special involved.

      • Kristen

        That’s because none of the other characters really look outlandish like the people in the capitol.

    • Peeta

      No your wrong but i do think she needs more capital feeling and face tatoos

  • Drea

    Seriously? You can’t give us a full frontal head shot of Effie? And where’s her pink hair?

    • Stephanie

      Actually, I’m more concerned with the wrinkle around her mouth. Nothing wrong with it in real life, but it should have been airbrushed out as people from the Capitol would never have lines on their face. Or anywhere else for that matter.

      • AB

        Shallow much?

      • Andy

        AB-no, she isn’t being shallow, she’s being truthful-not sure if you’ve read the books, but everyone in the Capitol is nipped, tucked, dyed and dressed to the point of not even looking human anymore.

      • Kay

        Well Effie’s not that high on the totem pole, which is why she’s stuck escorting District 12. Maybe she can’t afford as much of the cosmetic alterations on her current pay, especially considering she wears wigs while there are other citizens that have full body dyes and such.

  • ABer

    WHOOOOOOO!

  • Drea

    Seen all the posters and the majority of them are right on. But for the capital peeps, I wanted to see more of their faces and their distinct qualities. Sigh.

    • Nate

      Thanks, that was much quicker than clicking each one separately :)

    • Jered

      Thanks, that was faster.

  • orville

    The link for Cinna doesn’t work. Just brings you to Fandango.

  • Rick Nolte

    She and her husband had their first child via a surrogate earlier this year. You would think that she would probably have wanted to take time off but she ran back to work and gave up quality time with her baby for this movie.

    • Hermione

      As well she should have. Oh and Rick you’re a dumba**

    • R

      WTF?? Why the hell do you care??

    • Lo

      Uh… she has a job like the rest of us. She probably had to go back to work which people (even movie stars) have to do! Ugh, STFU

    • daisy

      lmao, ok work nazi, thanks for the input. Go back to subjugating your own wife and leave other women alone tyvm you misogynistic pig.

    • jen

      She had more time off than most working moms, plus, she gets to choose her projects, so she’ll have more time with him in the long run. get over yourself.

    • Linney

      I can assure you her baby was with her while she filmed this. One of those perks of being an actress. You should probably know what you’re talking about before you open your ignorant mouth. Also, women go back to work all the time after having children. It’s their right and their choice, you dumb caveman.

  • Bethany

    Ugh I’m at work and can’t see the images!! :( but love the shot of Effie!

  • Chelsea

    There were way more detailed pics of her in-character all over the internet a few weeks back (Pink hair and all)

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  • Dash

    Not to be a jerk but since when is Effie Trinket a major character? She’s plot device not a character.

    • Jeff

      I’m sure her role is a bit bigger in the movie.

      Also, the posters for Peeta and Cato are practically identical except for the hair.

      • E

        Sad but true.

      • Deebs

        Yeah my first reaction was, I don’t remember them being twins in the book…

      • Cari

        I’m hoping that’s just because we can barely see their faces due to the profile view and shadows.

    • rlb237

      Effie was in all three books. If you’re going to nitpick about someone who’s not a “major” character getting a poster, start with Cato.

  • juli

    Rachel McAdams?

    • Kelly

      MY EXACT THOUGHTS!!

    • Nikki

      That was my first impression. I was like “When did they switch actresses for Effie…”

  • AJ

    anyone else not seeing the photo of Cato on that page?

    • Laura

      I did! OMG he is so gorgeous!!

  • Brandi

    I just squealed like a 5 year old girl. I’m 19. Carry on.

    • ree

      I did the same thing, and I am 30. :/

  • Hermione

    Effie’s is probably the best, but I love the haymitch one too. Awesome!

    • Angela

      I pictured Haymitch a bit more rugged (being a complete drunk!), but I guess they are all dressed to the “nines” in the posters. He looks great!

      • Jeff

        They got Cinna just right.

      • Anna

        Agreed. I was expecting his to be a little less well kept and to look a little older. Maybe it’s just in profile that he looks too young. He is supposed to be in his 40’s, an alcoholic, living in an impovershed nation. Thos things ago you considerably. Some of these casting choices are spot on and others are terrible! I think Peeta is not a thing like what I imagined him, nor are Gale and Rue. Katniss is what I pictured though and Cinna is perfect too.

    • ree

      Yeah, I didn’t expect the hair on Haymitch. I think I expected it to just look like a drunk, nearly-bald Woody Harrelson.

  • Angela

    I think the posters look great! I can’t WAIT for this movie to come out!!!

    • Katie

      Exactly!

  • Laura

    AHH! Can’t wait! BTW the Link to Gale leads to Rue :/

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