Elizabeth Banks to Play Rita Repulsa in ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

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For those who don’t know, a version of the popular “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” is still on TV (which is amazing, if you think about it), but nothing will ever top the original classic from the very early ’90s. It was cheesy, the special effects comically bad, and the puddies so easy to defeat that their mid-chested shields looked more like “press me” buttons.

But if you were a fan (like I was way back in the day), then the news of a “Power Rangers” movie is exciting. Even more exciting is that Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect 2,” “The Hunger Games”) will be playing the very irate alien villain, Rita Repulsa!

On the ’90s show, she was played by Machiko Soga in the first season and part of the second. Soga originated the character Rita is based on in the Japanese show, “Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger.” Her voice was dubbed in English by Barbara Goodsen. Carla Perez took over from Soga midway through the second season.

Elizabeth Banks will continue directing, but anyone familiar with her body of work will admit that Banks is more than capable of playing Repulsa and doing a great job in the role. Rita Repulsa was one of the primary villains to the Power Rangers and wished to defeat Zordon, conquer and take over Earth. Her villainous shenanigans were what made the show fun.

The film itself will probably embrace its silliness and somewhat corny and ridiculous nature, but also has the potential to be pretty decent. “Power Rangers” will also star newcomers RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludy Lin, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery as the Power Rangers, teens infused with powers to protect the earth from people like Rita.

Lionsgate is bringing the film to the big-screen and Dean Israelite (“Project Almanac”) is set to direct a script by “X-Men: First Class” writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Mae is a Washington, DC-based film critic, entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. A member of the Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), she's a geek who loves discussing movies and TV. She is also a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. If she's not at the movies, she's catching up on her superhero TV-watching, usually with a glass of wine in hand.

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