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First Look: Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers movie

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Dean Israelite (Project Almanac) is directing the new Power Rangers film and below is out first look at the new team. Israelite said this superhero story to reflect the lives of teens today. The new Power Rangers is a coming of age story for these “disenfranchised and disparate” high schoolers, who are not friends when the new story begins.

The new team is played by Becky G, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl), Naomi Scott, Ludi Lin,and Dacre Montgomery as Trini, Billy, Kimberly, Zack, and Jason, respectively. Elizabeth Banks is playing Rita Repulsa.

EW had the first image of Banks as Rita and you can see her in all her glory below.

“From the very beginning, diversity was a very important part of the whole process,” said Israelite. “We switched all of the races around, but we made sure that the essence of each of those characters are who they were in the original show, and this really will be an origin story of those characters.”

Weta Workshop made the new costumes. Israelite wanted the costume to be immediately recognizable as belonging to the Power Rangers, while give them a “really modern, edgy, badass, aspirational quality.”

What do you think of the new Rita Repulsa?

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