Lionsgate and Saban have cast Elizabeth Banks in their upcoming adaptation of “Power Rangers.”
As The Hollywood Reporter reports, Banks has been cast in the role of the classic foe Rita Repulsa.
The forthcoming film also stars newcomers Naomi Scott, Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin, as well as RJ Cyler from “Me and Earl and The Dying Girl,” and Becky G from “Empire.” “Power Rangers” is slated for release on January 13, 2017, and will be directed by “Project Almanac” director Dean Israelite.
Banks this year alone had directed, produced, and starred in “Pitch Perfect 2” and starred in both the Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.”
Banks’ casting in the new “Power Rangers” movie is something that gives hope for the new movie because Banks is immensely talented. She is a delight in everything I have seen her in. I do not know in what direction Lionsgate intends to take this incarnation of “Power Rangers.” Based on Lionsgate’s previous output I would assume that this movie will be tonally similar to Marvel’s movies, which is ideally the best place to put the film. Banks is the best casting choice that they could have made for Rita Repulsa because Banks can bring the humorous touch needed without going too campy.
Banks’ casting in the upcoming “Power Rangers” movie is a check in the pro collum for the film because she is the best person to bring the necessary tone that the film needs to have a chance at box office success.