The Power Rangers are coming back to the big screen, and they’re up against classic foe Rita Repulsa – this time played by Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games). Rita has been a focal point of interest in Dean Israelite’s upcoming big screen reboot of the Power Rangers franchise, mainly due to her costume design, which seems to indicate that this version of the character may have been a Power Ranger once herself.
Rita’s main weapon in the movie is her magic wand, which appears to contain the Green Power Ranger’s power coin – compounding speculation that she may have killed the Green Ranger, or even been the Green Ranger herself. Now, a new image of Banks as Rita has been released, with a caption that seems to promise a bigger reveal to come.
Posted on the official Power Rangers Twitter feed, this image came with a comment typical of Rita’s big goofy villain personality from the original Power Rangers series:
“Thought you saw the last of me!? Ignoramus, you thought wrong. I have glorious catastrophic plans for the holiday season. #RepulsaTakesOver.”
Will we get to hear Banks utter the famous catchphrase “Make my monster grow!” in the movie? Let’s hope so. Check out the new image below.
Power Rangers will also feature the characters from the original series, with an all-new young cast. Billy the Blue Ranger will be played by RJ Cyler, Kimberley the Pink Ranger will be played by Naomi Scott, Jason the Red Ranger will be played by Dacre Montgomery, Trini the Yellow Ranger will be played by Becky G., and Zack the Black Ranger by Ludi Lin. Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston is taking on the role of the Power Rangers’ mentor, Zordon, and the recently-revealed Alpha 5 will be voiced by Bill Hader (Trainwreck).
Rita isn’t the only character who has been given a makeover for the movie. The Power Rangers’ armor has been designed to look more alien, and the first trailer for the movie shows how it grows over the Rangers’ skin and molds to their body shape. Despite the changes that have been made for the purposes of updating Power Rangers from a cheesy TV show into a slightly less cheesy movie, all the traditional pieces are still in play – including the Rangers’ Zords and the Megazord.
Banks is an entertaining comic actress who won a lot of fans with her portrayal of the vain, flamboyant, but ultimately good-hearted Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games movies, so hopefully she’ll bring plenty of charisma to the role of Rita Repulsa.