Elizabeth Banks Turns Villainous

Actress/director ELIZABETH BANKS has signed on to play the villain in the upcoming POWER RANGERS franchise reboot.

The Hunger Games star will take on the classic role of Rita Repulsa, an alien witch who has designs on the planet.

She will face off against a new quintet of teen Power Rangers, played by RJ Cyler, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, and pop star Becky G.

Dean Israelite will direct the project, about a group of high school kids who gain superpowers and use them to fight crime. X-Men: First Class and Thor screenwriters Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz will pen the film, which is scheduled for release in 2017.

The Power Rangers characters made their TV debut in 1993 and featured in a big screen project, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie, in 1995. There have been multiple casts over the years, but the original series featured actors Amy Jo Johnson, David Yost and Walter Jones.

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