Elizabeth Banks Cast as Rita Repulsa in Power Ranger Reboot

Power Ranger Movie

Elizabeth Banks (Pitch Perfect) has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming Power Rangers reboot. Banks will play Power Rangers villain Rita Repulsa.

Dacre Montgomery will lead the team as Jason the Red Ranger with RJ Cyler as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott as Kimberly aka the Pink Ranger, Ludi Lin as Zack aka the Black Ranger and musician Becky G. as Trini aka the Yellow Ranger.

Screenwriters Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class) wrote the screenplay for Power Rangers, which is described as a modern reinvention of the long-running franchise. In it, a group of ordinary high school kids find themselves infused with extraterrestrial powers and must harness those powers as a team to save the world.

Saban’s Power Rangers franchise is derived from the Japanese Super Sentai Series. A long-running Japanese superhero team genre of shows produced by Toei Co., Ltd., Toei Agency and Bandai, and aired by TV Asahi.  Power Rangers involved extensive revision of the original Super Sentai source material in order to incorporate American culture and conform to American television standards and in 1993 the first Power Rangers episode aired on FOX.

Power Rangers will teleport into theaters on March 24, 2017.

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