Elizabeth Banks Joins Charlie Kaufman's 'Frank or Francis' (Exclusive)

Elizabeth Banks
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The television and film actress officially joined the film as Effie Trinket on April 28 after being talks for the project for more than a week. In the book, Effie is a pink-haired showbiz type who becomes Katniss' personal handler. Hunger Games, currently in production on the east coast, is slated for a March 23, 2012 release.

The actress joins Jack Black, Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline in the musical satire about Hollywood.

Elizabeth Banks, who stars in this weekend’s Man on a Ledge with Sam Worthington, has joined the star-studded cast of Frank or Francis, Charlie Kaufman’s musical satire about Hollywood.

Banks joins a roll call that includes Jack Black, Nicolas Cage, Steve Carell, Catherine Keener and Kevin Kline in a story that follows a battle of wills between Frank, an intellectual film director (Carell) and Francis, an online blogger (Black) who still lives with his parents and who delights in attacking the other man’s films.

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Cage plays an actor who is famous for his high-concept films, while Kline will play the director of the world’s top-grossing movie as well as that character’s brother, who turns into an animatronic head. (Yes, it's a Charlie Kaufman film.)

Banks will play a highly-regarded actress making formulaic comedy bombs who is having an affair with Carell’s Frank. 

Anthony Bregman of A Likely Story is producing.

Banks, repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham, will also appear in Lionsgate’s Hunger Games, which opens March 23.

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