The planned Power Rangers movie has taken longer to put together than originally planned, but now its added a famous name to underline that this is going to be a bit higher budget than previous attempts to put the show into movie form. THR reports that Elizabeth Banks is in talks to play the movie’s main villain.
She will be playing a classic Power Ranger character, the alien witch Rita Repulsa. In the original show, Rita had designs on Earth and was continually sending monsters and other creatures that the Power Rangers had to use their powers to sort out – which always started out small but then grew enormous, so the rangers could engage in some mecha action. She was also known for always looking slightly confused about what she was doing, and the fact her mouth never moved in time with her words (due to the fact she was from the original Japanese series that the show was edited from).
Relative newcomers RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludi Lin, Naomi Scott, and Dacre Montgomery are playing the Power Rangers, who will have to fight off Rita’s forces. Project Almanac’s Dean Israelite will direct, with shooting kicking off in the next few months.