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First Shot of Elizabeth Banks as ‘Power Rangers’ Villain Rita Repulsa Revealed

On Tuesday, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first photos of Elizabeth Banks as the Power Rangers’ nemesis, villainous Rita Repulsa. The historically cheesy costume has been cast aside in favor of something altogether more intimidating.

There’s a lot of hope riding on nostalgia getting people to the theaters where the Power Rangers reboot is concerned. Elizabeth Banks is by far the highest profile star in the film which is stacked with a host of unknowns (including the folks assembled behind the camera). Of course, that hasn’t stopped people from responding positively to her nefarious new look.

We can only hope that Banks’ inimitable sense of humor will be allowed to shine as she unleashes a slew of monsters on the unsuspecting teens charged with protecting the Universe. After all, a little shot of humor is probably the only way this film will succeed, right?

For her part, Banks is pumped to play an evildoer. As she told People when they asked her what she was most excited about: “Obviously, first world domination. I’ve never played a villain before, let alone an alien warrior.”

The Power Rangers reboot film is due out next year. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that it’s worth a watch.

Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa

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