The Power Rangers Movie Just Cast Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa

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Oh my god. The Power Rangers reboot has officially announced that the show’s classic, scenery-chewing villainess Rita Repulsa will be played by Elizabeth Banks. This is either going to be ridiculous, or a chance to see Banks go absolutely full on bonkers.

As one of the primary antagonists of Might Morphin’ Power Rangers, Rita Repulsa has long been rumored to be part of the Power Rangers adaptation. But now it’s been finally confirmed with Banks’ casting—joining Naomi Scott, Ludy Lin, Becky G, RJ Cyler, and Dacre Montgomery, who will play the titular Rangers. There’s not much out there about her role, but we can presume that she wants to conquer Earth, because that’s what Rita Repulsa always wants. Banks herself took to twitter to confirm the casting, quoting Rita’s classic, cheese-oozing declaration from the original opening to Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.


You know, I’m looking over those old rumors of Rita Repulsa wanting to rob banks on a quest for gold that floated around last year, and I’m trying to imagine Elizabeth Banks coveting gold. This could be an amazing disaster.


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Howard the Duck

I like her, so this is fun news. Not the weirdest costume she’s worn, either: