The new Power Rangers for the 2017 feature film were revealed today in the first official still from Lionsgate, but director Dean Israelite made sure the space witch herself Rita Repulsa (portrayed by actress Elizabeth Banks) got some press as well.
“It’s very exciting that we got [Banks], and I think what she loves is the opportunity to really embrace the insanity and deliciousness of Rita Repulsa in terms of how weird and wonderful that character was, and really dive into and consume that character,” Israelite said. “You should always be off-balance when you’re watching her. Is she insane? Is she totally calculated? Does she know what she’s doing? Elizabeth can toe that line really well.”
Banks has made a career of comedic roles ranging from cult classics like Wet Hot American Summer to The 40 Year Old Virgin, but also more dramatic roles like that of Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games franchise. Rita is a balanced characters, especially in the first season, of menacing witch to legitimate threat, so Banks feels like a natural selection for this.
Okay, so Ranger fans, how do you see Rita acting like in the movie? More of a simple annoyance or someone who is absolutely dangerous? Let us know in the comments below.