The Power Rangers are going to give Elizabeth Banks a headache.
The 30 Rock and Wet Hot American Summer star has signed on to portray the villainous Rita Repulsa in Dean Israelite’s Power Rangers, the upcoming big-budget film based on the TV and merchandise juggernaut from the ’90s.
Rumors circulated that Lionsgate was looking for an A-list performer to anchor as the lead villain. They didn’t have to reach far for Elizabeth Banks, who starred in Lionsgate’s own Hunger Games franchise. Banks is a bonafide star capable of comedy and earnestness, which is the right tone for a movie like Power Rangers.
In fact, Banks has already shown enthusiasm for the role, tweeting out Rita’s signature lines from the show’s original opening credits.
Banks joins RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Becky G, Naomi Scott, and Dacre Montgomery in Israelite’s Power Rangers, from a script by X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz. The film is being prepped for release on March 24, 2017.
Shooting is beginning this month in Vancouver, evidenced by some of the stars’ Instagram posts.