Countless millennials have fond memories of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and with a cinematic reboot of the series slated to arrive in theaters in 2017, a few eyebrows have been raised, to say the least. While the Rangers themselves are mostly portrayed by relative newcomers, veteran talent has been added in the form of Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. The latter playing the role of the Ranger's nefarious arch-nemesis Rita Repulsa.
Since the casting of Elizabeth Banks, various images of the character have surfaced, showcasing a much different look for the villain. In fact, a more modern approach has been taken concerning the aesthetic of the Power Rangers as well. Still, while promotional photographs for the movie are scattered across the web, fans have yet to see is any actual images from the film itself – until now that is.
EW has an exclusive on the first still from Power Rangers, along with an interview with one of the film's stars Becky G. The photograph (below) showcases both Bank's Repulsa and Becky G's Trini in a fierce one-on-one showdown. The two characters look to be locked in an intense battle, but Repulsa appears to have the upper hand, as Trini is shown pinned against the wall.
Trini the Yellow Ranger (Becky G) and Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks)[/caption]
Providing some insight into the scene is the youngest member of the new Ranger squad Becky G. Being the singer's first starring role in a feature film, Becky took some time out to discuss the motivations at play in this scene, as well as what fans can expect from the upcoming Power Rangers reboot.
"Rita tries to make Trini feel like she’s the weakest link of the Power Rangers, and she feels it’s easiest to go for her. Rita’s the type to play a lot of mind games, and Trini’s [thinking], 'Can I really overpower Rita Repulsa or can I not?'"
As for the crack in the wall behind Trini, Becky G. went on to shed some light on that as well.
"Elizabeth and I really wanted to make it fun, to make this scene as real as possible. Actually, I got to run through the wall a couple of times. I got thrown up against it and I got to break it myself."
When the Power Rangers cinematic reboot was first announced, some film fans questioned the project's legitimacy, condemning the movie as nothing more than a nostalgia-fueled cash grab. But with some big name castings and intriguing early images, it appears as though the masses are now somewhat more casually optimistic. That said, while these early images seem appealing enough, prospective moviegoers will likely reserve passing judgment until Lionsgate and Saban Pictures release the first trailer for the film. Those eager for more news concerning the film will likely not have to wait long as San Diego Comic-Con is right around the corner and more details will most likely be unveiled within the week.
Power Rangers is scheduled to arrive in U.S. theaters on March 24, 2017.