Elizabeth Banks Effie Trinket In 'Hunger Games': Star Lands Role

04/28/2011 01:43 pm ET | Updated Jun 28, 2011

It's official: Elizabeth Banks has landed a major role in "The Hunger Games."

The star tweeted the news on Thursday afternoon, writing, "Yes! And I can now confirm I'm EFFIE TRINKET in @TheHungerGames. So excited!"

Banks was first linked to the role over a week ago. Trinket is the adult escort and sometimes protector of the story's heroes -- Katniss, Peeta and Gale -- teenage warriors battling in a nationally broadcast fighting tournament on a post-Apocalyptic vision of Earth.

Jennifer Lawrence will play Katniss, the story's lead; Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth take on Peeta and Gale, respectively.

It's the latest in a long series of projects for a busy Banks. plays one of Paul Rudd's sisters in the comedy film "Our Idiot Brother," and in 2012, will feature in "Man on Ledge" and "Welcome To People."

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