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Elizabeth Banks to Play Villain in ‘Power Rangers’ Movie

Does the name Rita Repulsa ring a bell?
Elizabeth Banks is going bad.

The actress has signed on to star as the villain in Power Rangers, Lionsgate’s big-screen take on the 1990s kids television show,The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Dean Israelite, who helmed the time travel-found footage movieProject Almanac, is on board to direct the project, which is being produced by Saban Films’ Haim Saban and Brian Casentini. as well as Allison Shearmur.

A quintet of relative newcomers — RJ Cyler, Becky G, Ludy Lin, Naomi Scott, and Dacre Montgomery — are playing the teens who are infused with powers, forming a colorful team who must stop the world from being conquered.
Banks will play classic Power Ranger character Rita Repulsa, an alien witch who has designs on the planet.

X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz wrote the script.

Last year, Banks directed, acted in and produced Pitch Perfect 2 for Universal and also reprised her role of Effie Trinket for Mockingjay Part 2, the final installment of the Hunger Games franchise that was made by Lionsgate.

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