Elizabeth Banks to play villain in new ‘Power Rangers’ movie

'Pitch Perfect' actress has been cast as Rita Repulsa in the 2017 reboot

Elizabeth Banks has joined the cast of next year’s Power Rangers reboot.

The actor-director announced on Twitter last night (February 2) that she has been cast as Rita Repulsa, the franchise’s iconic villain.

Banks joins a cast that includes singer-actress Becky G as the Yellow Ranger and up-and-coming young actors Dacre Montgomery, Ludi Lin and RJ Cyler as the the Red Ranger, the Black Ranger and the Blue Ranger respectively. English actress Naomi Scott, best known for her role in Terra Nova, rounds off the five-strong squad as the Pink Ranger.

Shooting is due to start in Vancouver, Canada later this month (February) with Project Almanac director Dean Israelite behind the camera.

Power Rangers began as a live-action TV series in 1993 and has made it onto the big screen twice before: first with 1995’s Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and then with 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. A spin-off single, ‘Mighty Morph’n’ Power Rangers’ by the Power Rangers, reached Number Three on the UK’s Official Singles Chart in 1994.