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Elizabeth Banks Joins ‘Power Rangers’ as Rita Repulsa


“The Hunger Games” star Elizabeth Banks has joined “Power Rangers” as Rita Repulsa, according to The Hollywood Reporter. A classic villain from the series, Repulsa is an alien witch with nefarious plans for planet Earth.

In addition to her role as Effie Trinket in “The Hunger Games,” Banks directed, acted in and produced “Pitch Perfect 2.” She has also appeared in all three “Spider-Man” films as Betty Brant, “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and “30 Rock.” Additionally, she lent her voice to “The Lego Movie.”

The 1993 television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” followed teenagers Jason, Kimberly, Trini, Billy and Zack, who were chosen by the ancient being Zordon to defend Earth from attack against the forces of Rita Repulsa.

Directed by Dean Israelite and starring Dacre Montgomery as the Red RangerNaomi Scott as the Pink RangerLudi Lin as the Black RangerR.J. Cyler as the Blue Ranger and Becky Gomez as the Yellow Ranger, “Power Rangers” morphs into theaters Jan. 13, 2017.


  • SilverSpades

    I didn’t know I wanted this casting.

  • Zevad

    That totally works. Just tweak her character from Hunger Games and make her more insane. I agree with Silver Spades. This is a casting I didn’t now I really wanted! :D

  • NeronWillRise

    I third that notion. I read this casting and thought it was weird, then interesting, then brilliant, all in the span of 10 seconds.

  • ThulaLani

    I never would have seen it, until The Hunger Games. She’s going to be brilliant.

  • DarkeSword

    Right? You don’t realize how -perfect- the casting is until they do it. I can’t imagine anyone else playing Rita now.

  • KryptoTSD

    Elizabeth Banks is PERFECT for this role… The Hunger Games role she played as Effie Trinket cements it… Break a Leg, Elizabeth Banks.

  • Darius D-Rodge Rogers

    I have been in love with her since 40 year old virgin. this is perfect!

  • Daniel a

    Can you imagine Dr Phil as zordon? Bwahahaa