September 02, 2012

INTERVIEW: Elizabeth Banks talks Catching Fire castings & conversations with director Francis Lawrence

MSN Movies recently had the chance to catch up with Elizabeth Banks about Catching Fire castings, the new cast members, new director Francis Lawrence and Effie's new wardrobe.
There have been several casting announcements for “Catching Fire.” Have you been keeping track of who’s been cast so far, and what do you think? 
Yes, I am, and I’m really excited to see who they keep getting. The casting has been amazing. The casting process has yielded an incredible cast starting with Jennifer [Lawrence] and Liam [Hemsworth] and Josh [Hutcherson] and then Woody [Harrelson], myself and Lenny [Kravitz]. I just feel like the cast is incredible, and now of course we have Philip Seymour Hoffman and all these other young great tributes. Jena Malone will be fantastic. So it’s a great process that has yielded an incredible group of people. 
Have you met with the new director, Francis Lawrence, about the direction he wants to take the sequel?
 I have met with him and we did talk about the sequel “Catching Fire” and what his plans are. It was a really exciting conversation. I’ve already been to some fittings, so I’ve already seen some of Effie’s new wardrobe, and all I can say is, “Wow, wow, wow!” The wow factor is getting amped up. 
Tiffany wants to know: When do you report to the set to start shooting, and do you know where the shooting location will be? 
I don’t know exactly where we’ll be filming, but we’ll be shooting the second movie in Georgia and Hawaii. We start filming in September.
You can read the entire interview HERE.


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