So if you grew up with the original Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, prepare to have your mind blown in either a good or really bad way. The modern remake/reboot of the, can we say, classic Fox Kids‘ action show, Power Rangers, is presently shooting with an all-new group of fresh-faced youth chosen to be the protectors of the Earth with their martial arts skills and giant robots against the threat of Rita Repulsa. Enter the big Hollywood actress, Elizabeth Banks, who will be carrying Rita’s staff, but not be filling Rita’s traditional grey wig with massive pigtails. Nope, Banks’ Rita has gotten a significant makeover.
Entertainment Weekly has posted the following picture:
Yes, that is Banks as Rita as she will appear in Power Rangers, but we can’t decide if she looks more like Scorpius from Farscape or if she looks like something out of the upcoming film version of Aquaman by James Wan. If nothing else it will give people only marginally interested in the Power Rangers something to chew on since they’re screwing with the original recipe of the 90s show. Let the RINO – Rita in Name Only – complaints begin.
“It’s definitely a modern and edgy re-imagining of the original Rita Repulsa. We wanted to give her a backstory that connects her to the new Rangers,” Banks herself told People magazine. As to motivation, at least in that regard we’ll be getting the same old Rita. “Obviously, first, world domination,” Banks said about Rita’s goals. “I’ve never played a villain before, let alone an alien warrior.”
You’ll be able to see Rita, and the Power Rangers, in action when the movie hits theaters everywhere March 24, 2017.