Consider this a three-for-one special. Today brings not one, not two, but THREE new additions to the big-screen adaptation of "The Hunger Games"!
First, the oldish (but now newish!) news regarding Elizabeth Banks. She's officially in as District 12 escort Effie Trinket! After a Twitter tease earlier in the day, in which she quoted one of Effie's lines from Suzanne Collins' novel, Lionsgate and Elizabeth (via Twitter, natch) confirmed the news. "Yes! And I can now confirm I'm EFFIE TRINKET in @TheHungerGames. So excited!," she wrote.
It's pretty safe to say fans are excited too. In a Hollywood Crush poll, 76 percent of readers wanted Elizabeth to don Effie's pink wig, so it looks like the odds are ever in her favor! Congratulations, Elizabeth.
In other Panem news, fishing-focused District 4 has found its (unnamed) tributes: Meet Ethan Jamieson and Tara Macken. Ethan's credits thus far include an appearance on "One Tree Hill" as Kid #2 (surely you remember him?) and the TV movie "The Rusty Bucket Kids: Lincoln, Journey to 16." Tara's resume is quite a bit more robust and resembles that of co-star Kalie Prescott—they're both stunt women. Tara's also made appearances as an actress on "Sons of Anarchy," "Victorious" and "Hawaii Five-0."
Ethan and Tara join previously cast tributes Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi (District 11), Leven Rambin and Jack Quaid (District 1), Ian Nelson and Kalia Prescott (District 3), and, of course, District 12 tributes Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.
Who will be cast next? While many fans would probably guess Haymitch, I'm going to predict Lionsgate will keep that one close to the vest for a while. You know, ramp up suspense (even though rumors have been circulating John C. Reilly is in talks for the role...). I'm going to wager on several more tributes and perhaps a Cinna casting before we know who District 12's most notorious drunk will be.
What do you think of today's casting news? Are you glad Elizabeth will play Effie? Who do you think will be cast next? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!