Elizabeth Banks joins 'Power Rangers' movie as Rita Repulsa

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Elizabeth Banks To Play Rita Repulsa in 'Power Rangers' Rangers'

Elizabeth Banks has joined Lionsgate's "Power Rangers" movie as the evil alien witch Rita Repulsa.

"Power Rangers" will open on March 24, 2017. The studio has tapped Dean Israelite to direct and cast five young actors to star — Becky G. as the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin as the Black Ranger, Naomi Scott as the Pink Ranger, Dacre Montgomery as the Red Ranger and R.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger.

Producers are Saban Films' Haim Saban and Brian Casentini, along with Allison Shearmur. Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz wrote the script.

The story reimagines the origins of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, a group of high school kids given extraterrestrial powers who unite to save the world.

The 1993 Fox Kids TV series became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a big-screen adaptation, "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie," in 1995.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks attends the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) (L to R) Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, producer Jon Kilik, producer Nina Jacobson, Liam Hemsworth, Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, guest, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson and Stanley Tucci attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Natalie Dormer, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone and Julianne Moore attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME. MANDATORY CREDIT PHOTO BY DAVE M. BENETT/WIREIMAGE REQUIRED) (L to R) Donald Sutherland, Natalie Dormer, producer Jon Kilik, producer Nina Jacobson, Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence, guest, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin and Jeffrey Wright attend the World Premiere of 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' at Odeon Leicester Square on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/WireImage)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Elizabeth Banks attends the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' preview event at Kraftwerk Mitte on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Elizabeth Banks attends the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' preview event at Kraftwerk Mitte on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Elizabeth Banks attends the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' preview event at Kraftwerk Mitte on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 11: Elizabeth Banks attends the 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' preview event at Kraftwerk Mitte on November 11, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Marquardt/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks arrives at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 after party on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Keith Hewitt/GC Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 10: Elizabeth Banks at Balthazar restaurant on November 10, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mark Robert Milan/GC Images)
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Lionsgate and Saban Brands announced plans in 2014 to develop and produce a live-action movie based on Saban's Power Rangers property as the first film in a franchise.

Banks directed and appeared in "Pitch Perfect 2" for Universal, and starred in Lionsgate's "Hunger Games" films. She is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham.

Lionsgate announced the casting of Banks via a post on the Power Rangers Twitter account.



Banks tweeted about it as well, writing "After 10,000 years, I'm free! It's time to conquer Earth!!⚡️ Time to play #RitaRepulsa #PowerRangersMovie."


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