With a starring role in Paul Haggis' 'The Next Three Days,' Elizabeth Banks is closer to becoming the movie star that she's always had the potential to be. Perhaps because she's always been such an effective comic actress, it sometimes seemed as if that was all Banks was interested in doing. From 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno' to her immortal cameo in 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' (in which she reminded us all how effective it is to act like David Caruso in 'Jade'), Banks has never had a problem combining charm, sex appeal and immaculate comic timing, and she's never appeared in a movie that hasn't been better because of her presence.
After nailing roles in more challenging fare like 'Slither' and 'W.', it began to feel like she had the range to be a more accessible Julia Roberts for the 21st century, but apparently Hollywood isn't yet convinced that Banks can carry a film. Now that she's in talks to join Alex Kurtzman's drama 'Welcome to People' to her already stacked slate, it's looking like 2011 might be the year that Elizabeth Banks becomes a household name (and not just in those households wherein people communicate exclusively via 'Wet Hot American Summer' quotes).