Check Out The First Of The Catching Fire Portraits, Effie Trinket

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Catching Fire portraitUm you guys! I didn't even know this was happening today! In preparation for Catching Fire, the hotly-anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, portraits of the movie's characters are being released one by one, starting today. The first and only one so far is Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket, who is described thusly on the Capitol Couture site where the rest of the portraits will ultimately be released.

Capitol Couture introduces an exclusive first look at Effie Trinket in her Capitol Portrait. For the latest in Capitol fashion and culture, don’t miss the upcoming Spring Issue. Head to heel in couture, Effie enchants in an exploding silhouette of chiffon and organza blooms. Never one to waver in her fashionable footwear, her heel-less boots are shod with a golden horse-shoe platform.

Yeah if this is any indication, the residents of the Capitol will not be shying away from color in this film. Those gloves are particularly fetching — it looks like she has little finger puppets on some of them, and I'm imagining her acting out her own little digital version of the Games.

Catching Fire The Hunger GamesProbably the most fun thing about the site, though, is that they have a little countdown going that shows when they'll release the next portrait, and some vague clues as to who it might be. Until that time, the picture is just of an empty chair, like the one above, which will be filled today at 6:00pm EST with the clue, “Let’s hear some #ApplausePlease!” Call me crazy, but it sounds like Caesar Flickerman, played in the movies by Stanley Tucci. I can't wait to see if they've changed his hair to something other than blue now that Miley Cyrus is riding that trend.

(Image: Capitol Couture)