Elizabeth Banks Was a Frustrated Actress. Now She’s a Determined Mogul.


Ms. Banks’s hat trick – actress, filmmaker, business maven – remains rare for women in Hollywood, where she has quietly become an industry force, even while audiences mostly know her as the gaudy Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games.” Her directorial debut, “Pitch Perfect 2” in 2015, was made for a reported $30 million and opened at No. 1, grossing more than $280 million globally. By outperforming expectations, it instantly put her in a league with very few women (and leapfrogged some men). She’s now on deck to direct and produce a new “Charlie’s Angels” film for Sony, from an idea she conceived.