'Power Rangers' 2017 movie news: Elizabeth Banks to play Rita Repulsa

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Elizabeth Banks is joining the cast of the “Power Rangers” movie, and she is set to breathe life to the character of Rita Repulsa, an alien witch.

The Hollywood Reporter has said that the actress inked an agreement with Lionsgate to take on the role of the main villain for the movie, which is an adaptation of a TV show that every ’90s kid can relate to. This report is, likewise, confirmed by Banks herself on her Twitter account.

Joining Banks in the 2017 movie version of the show are RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott and Dacre Montgomery, who will tackle the roles of power-infused teens, collectively known as the Power Rangers. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who wrote the scripts for “The Last Witch Hunter” and the upcoming “Gods of Egypt,” respectively, have penned the movie script. This upcoming movie version of the TV show will be helmed by Dean Israelite, who also directed “Project Almanac,” a time-travel themed movie.

A source has revealed to Heroic Hollywood that the movie will focus on the new batch of Power Rangers attempting to stop Rita Repulsa from rebuilding the warrior Goldar out of the gold she steals. The story opens with the galactic sage Zordon and his group of Power Rangers defeating Rita Repulsa by detonating a black hole. After 65 million years, Zordon finds out that they have been marooned to Earth, and that the witch is alive, with her starship landing in Russia. With a limited time of only 71 hours, it is the task of the new set of Power Rangers, who have not acquired enough training, to stop the alien witch from carrying out her plans. 

The first movie adaptation of “Power Rangers” was released in 1995. It maintained the regular TV cast composed of Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch, Steve Cardenas, Jason David Frank, Amy Jo Johnson, and David Yost. Based on the records of Box Office Mojo, the movie was able to rake in $38,187,431 for its gross domestic sales.